US legislator AOC calls Israel an ‘apartheid state’ | Israel-Palestine conflict News

US progressives have criticized the Biden government’s support for Israel during the Gaza bombing.

The prominent progressive American Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has called Israel an “apartheid state” while the Gaza Strip continues to be bombed.

Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is part of a cadre of progressive lawmakers who have increasingly criticized U.S. support for Israel and called for President Joe Biden’s administration to take a tougher line in recent escalation.

“I don’t care how a spokesman tries to change that,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday along with a video of an Israeli air strike that destroyed a building that housed media offices, including those of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press .

“If the Biden administrator can’t stand up to an ally, who can he stand up to?” She wrote.

In a following tweet she added: “Apartheid states are not democracies.”

This is being done with the support of the United States.

I don’t care how a speaker tries to spin this. The US has vetoed the United Nations call for a ceasefire.

If the Biden admin can’t stand up to an ally, who can they stand up to?

How can they credibly claim to stand up for human rights? https://t.co/bXY99O3Wqp

– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 15, 2021

Apartheid states are not democracies.

– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 15, 2021

US Representative Rashida Tlaib, who condemned the “Israeli apartheid government” on Friday in a passionate speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, tweeted the statement, as did Congresswoman Cori Bush.

While human rights groups, most recently Human Rights Watch, have increasingly said that Israeli treatment of Palestinians represents racist governance that favors Israeli Jews over Palestinians in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the label is rarely used by U.S. lawmakers.

Apartheid states are not democracies. https://t.co/oF30zaqM4v

– Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 15, 2021

While unwavering support for Israel remains the overwhelming norm in Congress, public skepticism about US policy has grown among lawmakers.

As of Sunday, Israeli attacks had killed more than 180 Palestinians, including at least 52 children, in the Gaza Strip since the escalation began on Monday. Israeli forces killed at least 13 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

Israel has reported 10 deaths, including two children, in rocket attacks by Hamas and armed groups in the Gaza Strip.

“Don’t be an apologist any longer”

The Biden government has repeatedly emphasized Israel’s right to defend itself while evading criticism of Israeli actions over the past week.

In a reading of a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, the White House said Biden “realized that this current period of conflict has tragically claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children.”

The White House added that Biden “has raised concerns about the safety of journalists and increased the need to ensure their protection”.

Some prominent lawmakers have also used the escalation to question the roughly $ 4 billion in aid the US gives Israel annually to Israel with virtually no conditions.

“We can no longer apologize for the right-wing Netanyahu government and their undemocratic and racist behavior,” Senator Bernie Sanders wrote in a statement in the New York Times on Friday.

“We need to change course and take a balanced approach that upholds and strengthens international law relating to the protection of civilians and existing US law that the provision of US military aid must not allow human rights violations to occur,” he wrote.