Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheered at arts conference hosted by Jewish museum
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate and rising progressive star, was cheered at an event at a Jewish museum that did not touch on Israel or the Jewish community.
Ocasio-Cortez appeared at a conference here hosted by the Immigrant Arts Coalition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, participating in a panel focused on women in the arts. While politics did frequently come up, none of the panelists — including Ocasio-Cortez, who has been critical of Israel — mentioned Jews or Israel.
So, Jews have gotten much to progressive to care about silly things like Israel or the Jewish community. Or maybe Jews are just too polite to bring up troublesome comments made by political candidates.
Some Jews are paying attention. There were some protests:
In the weeks prior to the museum event, the chairman of one of its co-sponsors, The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, objected to her appearance at the venue.
“Absent a public reassessment by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez of her unfair and extremist position [on Israel], she dishonors both the Immigrant Summit and the museum by her scheduled appearance,” Jeffrey Wiesenfeld said in a statement reported by The New York Jewish Week.
But aside from a few protesters from the far-right Jewish Defense League who stood outside the building, Ocasio-Cortez was given a warm welcome.
Just in case you've forgotten, here is a short video of Ocasio-Cortez demonstrating her eloquence, scholarship, and deep knowledge of world affairs.