The New York Democrat criticized Biden for failing to acknowledge “what precipitated this cycle of violence—namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa.”
U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday evening that President Joe Biden’s “blanket” remarks emphasizing Israel’s right to self-defense effectively excuse the country’s human rights violations as it continues to assail the occupied Gaza Strip and brutally repress Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
But the president, who mentioned his earlier phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, notably did not denounce Israel’s attacks on worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound earlier this week, nor did he condemn Israel’s killing of civilians and destruction of residential buildings with airstrikes on Gaza—an ongoing bombing campaign that has left more than 80 Palestinians dead.
“Blanket statements like these with little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence—namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa—dehumanize Palestinians and imply the U.S. will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong,” said Ocasio-Cortez, echoing other critics’ depiction of Biden’s comments as a “green light” for Israel to continue its deadly attacks.