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AOC blames Christian fundamentalists for fueling Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Since the Hamas terrorist attacks on Oct. 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has called for a ceasefire and de-escalation.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks during a Women's Unity Rally at Foley Square attended by hundreds of people. Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks during a Women's Unity Rally at Foley Square attended by hundreds of people. Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.

While many have focused on radical, Islamic fundamentalism following Hamas’s terrorist attacks on Israel on Oct. 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has decided to point fingers elsewhere: at Christian extremists.

“The country that is Israel today is not the Israel of the Bible,” the politician, known as AOC, told the New York radio program “Hot 97/WQHT” last week.

“It’s not just Islamic. It’s not just Jewish. It is also Christian,” the congresswoman said on Oct. 12 of the conflict. “In the United States of America, Christian fundamentalism and nationalism—which has also been extremely antisemitic—has also aligned itself with some of the most right-wing and authoritarian and inflammatory powers in the region.”

A spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez told JNS that her schedule was “slammed” and declined to comment.

On Oct. 20, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: “Release the hostages. Protect the innocent. De-escalate. Ceasefire now.” Similar words were used the day before as part of a protest in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building, which led to the arrests of 300 far-left activists.

“What angers me about the GOP’s attempts to turn the United States into a far-right Christian theocracy is how dishonest they are about it,” she wrote in 2019. “At least be forthright about your desire to subvert and dismantle our democracy into a creepy theological order led by a mad king.”

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