The death of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh earlier this month is just another chance for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) to criticize her country. The rest of her so-called “Squad” launched their own volleys, even as the investigation continued.
When in doubt, blame America. Today’s leftists were taught well by their ideological ancestors from the 60s and 70s.
Abu Akleh was killed in a firefight between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters, and Israel is analyzing the bullet that caused the journalist’s death. The outcome is unknown, but that didn’t stop the socialist “Squad” member from venting in an Instagram video.
AOC asserted without proof that Abu Akleh was killed in Palestine “by Israeli forces,” and went further to claim U.S. tax dollars played a role in her death. The congresswoman laments about lacking healthcare in the U.S. but yet “we’re funding this.”
This drew an immediate rebuke from Israeli Ambassador Asaf Zamir in New York City. He countered that it is “dangerous” to accuse Israel when even the Palestinian coroner has not reached a conclusion. Zamir credited this line of thinking for increased violence against Jews in NYC.
The ambassador offered to meet and discuss the issue with Ocasio-Cortez. He also tweeted a video of his appearance after the incident on CNN where he urged the media to not jump to conclusions. One reason to avoid early judgment is the four-fold increase in anti-Semitic attacks in NYC this year.
Fellow “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) also jumped into the fray, which is hardly surprising. Omar slammed the U.S. for providing the Middle East’s only democracy with $3.8 billion in military aid annually with no strings.
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) chimed in with a demand to end “Israeli apartheid.”
State Department spokesperson Ned Price took a more guarded approach, saying the U.S. is saddened and strongly condemns the killing of Abu Akleh. He called for a thorough investigation and accountability for those responsible.
Price’s statement is far from the rush to judgment by Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow leftist radicals. Israel hardly survives in a vacuum, but is threatened by enemies both external and internal that are easy to ignore by ideologues in faraway countries. Not so much for those who actually live there.