Ocasio-Cortez rips ‘shameful’ NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang over his support of Israel

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez snapped at New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Andrew Yang on Tuesday after he voiced his support for Israel following police clashes with Palestinian protesters that have since led to a series of rocket attacks on civilian centers.

The Bronx democratic socialist posted her scathing comments on Twitter in response to the organizers of an event for Eid, which is an Islamic holiday, asking Yang not to show up.

“Utterly shameful for Yang to try to show up to an Eid event after sending out a chest-thumping statement of support for a strike killing 9 children, especially after his silence as Al-Aqsa was attacked. But then to try that in Astoria? During Ramadan?! They will let you know,” she posted Tuesday.

Ocasio-Cortez’s response also followed a post by Yang on Monday in which he said he supported the Jewish state after it came under attack from “Hamas terrorists.”

“I’m standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists. The people of NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere,” he wrote.

Yang’s post was praised by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. “Bravo to Yang for opposing the rabidly pro-Hamas & anti-Israel attacks from fellow Dems Omar & Tlaib,” he wrote.

In addition to Ocasio-Cortez, other members of the so-called far-left “Squad” in Congress have also criticized Israel after police entered the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount Sunday, especially during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. But reports from the region, as well as posts on social media, indicate that Israeli police came under attack from rocks and other objects thrown at them by demonstrators inside the mosque.

I was 7 years old when I first prayed at the Al Aqsa with my sity. It’s a sacred site for Muslims. This is equivalent to attacking the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, or the Temple Mount for Jews. Israel attacks it during Ramadan. Where’s the outrage @POTUS?” Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, posted earlier this week.

“Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection,” added Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who is originally from Somalia, in a tweet. “Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid.”

She added: “It is long past time we stop paying lip service to Palestinian human rights and finally take action to protect them.”

Published reports indicate that Palestinian rioters likely initiated the clash with Israeli police.

“Hundreds of Palestinian protesters and at least 21 police officers were injured throughout Monday morning in fierce clashes on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, [according] to medical officials and police,” the Times of Israel reported.

As of Wednesday morning, rocket and missile exchanges, as well as Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, left more than 50 people dead and several hundred wounded in the worst flare-up in the region in seven years, NBC News reported, adding that there did not seem to be any indication the violence would subside soon.

As for who is at fault, Israel backers say the answer is clear.

“This needs to be said: every single Palestinian and Israeli death as a result of this escalation is the responsibility of Hamas and Hamas alone. If there were no Hamas rockets, there would be no Israeli airstrikes. Dozens of lives would be spared. Yes, it really is that simple,” American Jewish Committee global communications director Avi Mayer wrote Tuesday.

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