Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spoke out against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his 2019 decision to ban two Squad member Democrats from visiting his nation.
Ocasio-Cortez shared the comments during an interview Sunday on MSNBC.
Ocasio-Cortez hits Netanyahu for 'shocking' 2019 decision banning Tlaib, Omar from visiting Israel https://t.co/LspMsKScqF
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We’ve been trying to raise the alarm bells around this for years. There has been virtually no acknowledgment in the United States House of Representatives about the extreme plight and continued human rights violations of the Palestinian people for years. I find it alarming. I found it shocking," she said.
"I found it shocking when, in 2019, or 2020 in our first term of the House of Representatives, when Prime Minister Netanyahu banned two United States sitting members of Congress from coming to Israel. Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar … from entering the country. That my own colleagues did not seem to say or do much of anything. That should be an affront to our entire government and country," she continued.
AOC is distraught that Reps Talib and Omar are banned from visiting Israelhttps://t.co/l8kgR7axhp
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"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prohibited Tlaib and Omar from visiting the country back in 2019 after both members made anti-Semitic remarks," the Daily Caller reported.
"Democratic members of the House brought a resolution to condemn Omar’s remarks on the floor after Jewish lawmakers and the Anti-Defamation League raised concerns," it added.
The two Squad members, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have long been known for speaking out against Israel and for antisemitic statements.
Ocasio-Cortez also blasted Israel over so-called war crimes against the people of Gaza, claiming that the response was not appropriate.
More than 1,300 Israelis died in Hamas terror attacks that led to Israel's declaration of war, making it the largest attack on Jews since the Holocaust.
Ocasio-Cortez's frustration with Israel's policies does not compare with the grief thousands in Israel have faced in the recent attacks as they seek to put a stop to further actions by Hamas.