New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has sniped at Joe Biden and his administration for its handling of the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Her comments came a day after an Israeli airstrike destroyed a high rise building in the Gaza Strip that was home to The Associated Press offices.
“This is happening with the support of the United States. I don’t care how any spokesperson tries to spin this. The US vetoed the UN call for ceasefire. If the Biden admin can’t stand up to an ally, who can it stand up to? How can they credibly claim to stand for human rights?” she said.
“Apartheid states aren’t democracies,” she said.
Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz hit back at Cortez for, what he perceived as the representative’s support for Hamas terrorists.
“Th(e) Squad speaking out in favor of Hamas terrorists. #NotMorallyEquivalent,” he said
And he was not the only politician to weight in.
“Israel can’t attack weapon stores used to harm its citizens?! Your logic is sick and twisted. Notice how the BUILDING WAS EMPTIED BECAUSE ISRAEL NOTIFIED THEM IN ADVANCE!! Where’s your outrage for Hamas rockets, you fake humanitarian?! You’re a terrorist supporter,” former Democrat New York States Assemblyman Dov Hikind said.
But liberal journalist Glenn Greenwald agreed with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.
“The Biden administration can’t credibly claim to stand for human rights. Antony Blinken is a fraud. But nobody should expect a country whose closest allies are the Saudi and Egyptian despots to be devoted to human rights. The world knows that’s a fraud: only US journalists don’t,” he said.
But, after a call with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden again expressed his support for Israel, CNBC reported.
President Joe Biden spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday as the violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip escalated with no sign that it would cease any time soon.
Separately, Netanyahu, after his call with Biden, suggested on television late Saturday local time that Israel’s operation will continue until it achieves its goals.
“The President noted that this current period of conflict has tragically claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children,” a readout of the call said. “He raised concerns about the safety and security of journalists and reinforced the need to ensure their protection.”
“The President also underscored his strong commitment to a negotiated two-state solution as the best path to reach a just and lasting resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” it said.
The Associated Press and Al Jazeera spoke against the attack that destroyed the building their offices were housed in.
“We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said. “They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.”
“This is an incredibly disturbing development,” he said.
“The destruction of Al Jazeera offices and that of other media organizations in al-Jalaa tower in Gaza is a blatant violation of human rights and is internationally considered a war crime,” Al Jazeera Media Network acting Director General Dr. Mostefa Souag said.
“We call on the international community to condemn such barbaric actions and targeting of journalists and we demand an immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for its deliberate targeting of journalists and the media institutions,” he said.
“The aim of this heinous crime is to silence the media and to hide the untold carnage and suffering of the people of Gaza,” he said.
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