Few congressional representatives have come under fire for misleading inaccurate incendiary and ill-advised comments as much as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC).
The Democratic “Squad” member from New York, made headlines again for a Christmas Eve post that drew comparisons between Palestinians and Jesus and berated Israel for “violently occupying” land that does not historically belong to them.
Her post has been characterized as “Jew hate.”
AOC’s elastic view of history has shocked many — particularly in light of the well-documented atrocities perpetrated by Palestinian Hamas members on Israeli civilians on October 7.
In her Instagram post, AOC skewed the biblical narrative, AOC wrote: “In the story of Christmas, Christ was born in modern-day Palestine under the threat of a government engaged in a massacre of innocents.
“He was part of a targeted population being indiscriminately killed to protect an unjust leader’s power,” AOC continued. “Mary and Joseph, displaced by violence and forced to flee, became refugees in Egypt with a newborn waiting to one day return home.”
AOC added: “Thousands of years later, right-wing forces are violently occupying Bethlehem as similar stories unfold for today’s Palestinians, so much so that the Christian community in Bethlehem has canceled this year’s Christmas Eve celebrations out of both [fear for their] safety and respect.”
AOC did not reference how the leaders Palestinians elected into office and still overwhelming support put children in harm’s way by storing weapons and establishing military centers in schools, hospitals and religious centers. Nor did she write how many Palestinian civilians celebrated the events of Oct. 7.
AOC continued: “And yet, also today, holy children are still being born in a place of unspeakable violence — for every child born, of any identity and from any place, is sacred. Especially the children of Gaza.”
Also absent in AOC’s post is any reference to the hundreds of children murdered or kidnapped from Israeli civilian settlements on Oct. 7.
Forgetting that in the centuries leading up to the birth of Jesus, the term Palestine was a synonym for Israel, and missing the meaning for the coming of Jesus as noted in the Bible (John 1; Romans 5), AOC wrote: “The entire story of Christmas and Christ himself is about standing with the poor and powerless, the marginalized and maligned, the refugees and immigrants, the outcast and misunderstood without exception.”
“This high Christian holiday is about honoring the precious sanctity of a family that, if the story were to unfold today, would be Jewish Palestinians.
“Merry Christmas. May there be peace on Earth, amen.”
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