AOC tells pro-Palestinian protesters to back off

The radical Democrat refused to accuse Israel of genocide


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Getty Images)

Radical Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told anti-Israel protestors they were “not helping” after they demanded she call Gaza a “genocide”.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 34, was filmed by the masked group who targeted her as she left a Brooklyn cinema with her fiancé Riley Roberts.

Ocasio-Cortez told a man filming her: “I need you to understand that this is not OK.”

The protester shot back: “It’s not OK that there’s a genocide happening and you’re not actively against it.”

“You’re lying,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.

Roberts asked the group to “stop” but they ignored him.

Ocasio-Cortez then said: “You’re gonna cut it … and you’re gonna clip this so that it’s completely out of context.

“I already said that it was and y’all are just gonna pretend that it wasn’t over and over again. It’s f–ked up, man,” she railed. “And you’re not helping these people, and you’re not helping them, you’re not helping them.”

Ocasio-Cortez has not publicly called Israel’s military action a genocide. During a “Meet the Press” interview in January she cited a UN International Court of Justice decision that Israel has a responsibility to prevent a genocide.

She said: “They’re still determining it. But in the interim ruling, the fact that they said there’s a responsibility to prevent it, the fact that this word is even in play, the fact that this word is even in our discourse, I think, demonstrates the mass inhumanity that Gazans are facing.”

The progressive politician has repeatedly called for a ceasefire in Gaza and criticized Israel.

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