Radical celebrity Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has accused the United States of committing “human rights violations” in Hamas-controlled Gaza, which the congresswoman describes as “gross.”
During a tele-town hall on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez accused Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration of human rights abuses by sending military aid to Israel as it seeks to eradicate the Hamas terrorist group.
The socialist lawmaker fielded multiple questions on the Middle Eastern conflict.
One constituent asked AOC if the U.S. should “just defund Israel and send funding and aid to Gaza.”
She also encouraged anti-Israel activists to keep putting pressure on Democrat lawmakers to support a “ceasefire.”
AOC vocally backed the pro-Hamas sentiment even as heightened tensions around the issue have led to instances of vandalism and threatening behavior across the country.
“Forces that are recipients of U.S. military aid cannot be engaging in gross human rights violations,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“And if they are engaged in gross human rights violations, then that aid must be either pulled, reconsidered, conditioned, etc.”
AOC was citing a set of statutes known as the Leahy law.
The Leahy law stops the government “from using funds for assistance to units of foreign security forces where there is credible information implicating that unit in the commission of gross violations of human rights,” according to the U.S. State Department.
“What we are witnessing is the gross violation of human rights in Gaza, and that is being done with U.S. military assistance,” AOC said.
“I don’t think that the American people want to see our public resources going to finance gross human rights violations.”
At another point, a caller asked what Americans who support a “ceasefire” should do to keep pressuring lawmakers.
“I want to also be clear about how powerful that is, constituent engagement,” AOC replied.
She said the flood of calls and messages from pro-Hamas activists to pro-Israel Democrats was increasing support for a so-called “ceasefire.”
“These are not just progressives,” she said.
“We have seen representatives from swing seats, that just barely won their seats, are now starting to come out in favor of a cease-fire.
“So all of this activism is making this a politically tenable and a politically normalized position.
“So I want to encourage individuals who are, you know, making that call or perhaps if you haven’t made that call yet, to please do so.”
But some of that pressure has led to heightened security concerns when the activism goes beyond phone calls.
Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-NY) who is Jewish, saw his Brooklyn office vandalized earlier this month with anti-Semitic messaging.
A demonstration outside the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters grew so heated that one Democrat lawmaker who was inside at the time compared it to the violent Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol.
As Slay News reported, the Democrat admitted that the leftist anti-Israel protest “scared me more than January 6.”