Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Blames Christians as a Key Factor in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has stirred debate by asserting that Christian fundamentalism plays a significant role in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Speaking on Hot 97/WQHT, a local New York radio station, the congresswoman argued that the conflict extends beyond Islamic and Jewish extremism, pointing to Christian influence.

“It’s not just Islamic, it’s not just Jewish; it is also Christian,” Ocasio-Cortez stated emphatically.

 “In the United States of America, Christian fundamentalism and nationalism — which has also been extremely anti-Semitic — has also aligned itself with some of the most right-wing and authoritarian powers in the region.”

Ocasio-Cortez highlighted the controversial decision by former President Donald Trump to relocate the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a move previous presidents had avoided due to the city’s contested status.

“It’s not a coincidence that when Trump was in power, he moved the embassy to Jerusalem,” she pointed out. “There is a ton of fundamentalist literature around revelations in the Bible that leads people to project — incorrectly, by the way.”

The congresswoman’s comments draw attention to the fact that while Israelis celebrated Trump’s decision to move the embassy, it faced skepticism among American Jews.

 According to a 2017 poll by the American Jewish Committee, 16% of American Jews favored an immediate embassy relocation, with 36% supporting it under the condition of further peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

However, evangelical Christians, a significant constituency within the Republican Party, strongly supported the embassy move. Trump himself acknowledged this support at a rally in August 2020, stating, “You know, it’s amazing with that — the evangelicals are more excited by that than Jewish people.”

Christian Zionism, rooted in biblical prophecies, posits that the return of Jews to the Holy Land will herald the second coming of Jesus Christ, effectively merging the modern state of Israel with the biblical land of Israel.

Some evangelicals have even regarded the new embassy site as fulfilling this prophecy.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez challenged this perspective, asserting, “The country that is Israel today is not the Israel of the Bible. The country that is Israel today was established in this century.”

The congresswoman’s comments underscore the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with differing opinions on its root causes, potential solutions, and the role of religious beliefs. Notably, some Jewish communities view the Christian Zionist movement with skepticism, perceiving it as harboring anti-Semitic beliefs that anticipate the conversion or suffering of Jews in the future.

In light of recent events, Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers have called for restraint on Israel’s part, expressing concerns about potential retaliation that could result in the loss of many Palestinian lives. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont also criticized Israel, accusing it of violating international law with its announced siege of Gaza and urging the US to demand restraint from Israeli forces in their actions against Gaza.

1 COMMENT

  1. It appears rather pathetic that Ocasio-Cortez ‘s media spotlight was limited to ‘Hot 97/WQHT’ — ‘THE Hip Hop, R’n’B and Rap station in New York’. However, sometimes the venue enables things to be said and left unchallenged.

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