On Sunday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his 2019 decision to forbid Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from travelling to Israel.

When Ocasio-Cortez spoke on Sunday with MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, the left-wing anchor challenged her about what she referred to as “congressional indifference to Palestinian life.”

“People of colour make up nearly all 18 House Democrats who supported a cease-fire in Gaza. How much of the congressional apathy towards Palestinian life in Gaza, the D.C. resistance to recognise the humanity and innocence of Palestinians, not to mention the agony of everyday Gazans, is motivated by the fact that they are Arabs? Or do most of them practise Islam? Or they don’t appear to be us, do you think?” Hasan asked.

Ocasio-Cortez said she thought the “ignoring and the sidelining” of Palestinians in Congress was “quite shocking.” “We’ve spent years trying to get people to pay attention to this. For years, the terrible situation and ongoing breaches of Palestinian human rights have received essentially no attention from the US House of Representatives. It has alarmed me. It shocked me, too,” she remarked. “I thought it was astonishing when Prime Minister Netanyahu forbade two sitting members of Congress from the United States from visiting Israel in 2019 or 2020 during our first term in the House of Representatives.

Ilhan Omar and Representative Rashida Tlaib were prevented from entering the nation. that it seemed like none of my own coworkers said or did anything. That ought to be an insult to our nation and government as whole,” Ocasio-Cortez went on. Also, Hasan questioned Ocasio-Cortez“For years, we have been attempting to sound the alarm about this. The terrible situation and ongoing breaches of Palestinian human rights have gone largely unacknowledged in the US House of Representatives for many years. That worries me. It was shocking to me,” she remarked. “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to forbid two sitting US Congress members from visiting Israel in 2019 or 2020 during our first term in the House of Representatives shocked me. Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were prevented from entering the nation. that none of my own coworkers seemed to comment or do anything. That ought to be disrespectful to our entire nation and government,” Ocasio-Cortez went on. Additionally, Hasan questioned Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez denounced the Hamas strikes and then charged Israel with war crimes.

“Hamas has carried out gruesome assaults. More information concerning the events of October 7th, which shock human consciousness and our collective conscience, is revealed every single day, the speaker stated. “However, we do know as well that war crimes do not constitute, and are not an appropriate response, for other war crimes.”

After Hamas claimed Israel was to blame, Tlaib and Omar both charged that Israel had bombed a hospital in Gaza. Following the determination by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and President Biden’s administration that the explosion was most likely caused by an Islamic Jihad rocket that misfired, Omar retracted her remarks.

The first social media tweet by Tlaib

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