The Republic of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, DN.Y., criticized President Biden for his statement in support of Israel on Wednesday amid escalating violence with Hamas, saying it did not give much context to what caused the tension and was therefore “. on the side of the occupation “.
Biden told reporters that Israel has a right to defend itself, “when you have thousands of missiles flying in your territory.”
Ocasio-Cortes tweeted that Biden failed to mention the impending expulsions of dozens of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem in favor of Israelis and the Israeli police attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in which hundreds of pilgrims were injured. missile attacks.
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“Only by intervening to name Hamas’ actions – which are reprehensible – and by refusing to recognize the rights of the Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that the Palestinians have incited this cycle of violence,” she wrote. “It’s not a neutral language. It takes a country – the country of occupation.”
Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a similar statement Tuesday, saying Israel has the right to defend itself against “indiscriminate” attacks by Hamas.
State Department spokeswoman Ned Price responded to a tweet sent by US envoy Ilhan Omar on Wednesday, in which she claimed that the deputy mayor of Jerusalem supports “ethnic cleansing” in defense of evictions, according to The New York Times.
“This deputy mayor describes the ethnic cleansing here, but the West still pretends that this is not happening to the Palestinians,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
Prince told reporters that Omar’s statement “is not something our analysis supports.”
At least 67 people have been killed in Gaza and seven in Israel since the violence began, including some women and children on both sides, Reuters reported.
The current outbreak of violence began a month ago in Jerusalem, where the strict tactics of the Israeli police during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers sparked protests and clashes with police. The focal point was the Al-Aqsa Mosque, built on a hill complex revered by Jews and Muslims, where police fired tear gas and stunning grenades at protesters who threw chairs and stones at them.
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Hamas, claiming to be defending Jerusalem, fired a rocket at the city late Monday, starting days of fighting.
A Ocasio-Cortez spokesman did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.