Jewish Groups Should Engage and Push Back on AOC, by Harry Onickel
AOC is one of the current darlings of the "progressive" political movement. I certainly don't have to explain why here. Sadly, even some Jews worship at her shrine.
In this article, MJAC member, Harry Onickel, explains why Jews and Jewish groups need to push back against AOC and her anti-Israel/anti-Jewish agenda.
AOC is one fourth of “the Squad.” Two other squad members, Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar — of Michigan and Minnesota respectively — have not been shy about expressing antisemitism and hatred for Israel. AOC’s alliance with them suggests she already harbored similar sympathies and has been receiving her continuing education from Tlaib and Omar.
In addition to ignoring mainstream Jewish groups, AOC also recently backed out of attending an event sponsored by Americans for Peace Now honoring the late Yitzhak Rabin. One concerned progressive Zionist group was particularly obsequious in their open letter to AOC protesting her slight: “While we are frequently inspired by your bold and trailblazing female leadership … we cannot overlook the positions you have taken that marginalize American Jews.” They also wrote, “Your decision is painful to us. … It will … advance the forces of white supremacy.”
AOC hasn’t ignored all Jewish groups. She’s met with members of the anti-Zionist, pro-Iran Neturei Karta. AOC has also expressed support for the British Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn, whose tenure was marred by repeated instances of antisemitism.
One thing not mentioned in the article is the time AOC engaged in the "some of my best friends" defense at a Chanukkah event hosted by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She claimed Sephardic Jewish ancestry. This is undoubtedly true. It is also true that this has no bearing on her current odious anti-Jewish/anti-Israel stance and her alliances with unapologetic Jew haters.
It is also true that Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, being outside of the Jewish mainstream, and being thoroughly engaged in social justice concerns with a nod toward Judaism in order to excuse their politics, is acceptably Jewish to AOC.