Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, stepped up her criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of an escalating military conflict between Israel and Hamas militants Thursday, likening the conditions experienced by Palestinians in the region to conditions experienced by migrant children at the southern border.
In a speech on the House floor, the Democrat argued the country “must acknowledge its role in the injustice and human rights violations” and address an “imbalance of power” between Israel and Palestinians. Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the progressive “Squad” of Democratic lawmakers have accused Biden of ignoring human rights violations while supporting Israel.
“We have to have the courage to name our contributions and sometimes I can’t help but wonder if the reason we don’t do that, if we’re scared to stand up to the incarceration of children in Palestine is because maybe it’ll force us to confront the incarceration here at our border,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “If, by standing up to the injustices there, it will prompt us to stand up to the injustices here.”
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