Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expressed her gratitude on Sunday for a conversation she had earlier in the day with the leader of U.K.’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.
“Great to speak to [Ocasio-Cortez] on the phone this evening and hear first hand how she’s challenging the status quo,” Corbyn tweeted. “Let’s build a movement across borders to take on the billionaires, polluters and migrant baiters, and support a happier, freer and cleaner planet.”
“It was an honor to share such a lovely and wide-reaching conversation with you, [Jeremy Corbyn]!” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “Also honored to share a great hope in the peace, prosperity, + justice that everyday people can create when we uplift one another across class, race, + identity both at home & abroad.”
It was an honor to share such a lovely and wide-reaching conversation with you, @jeremycorbyn!
Also honored to share a great hope in the peace, prosperity, + justice that everyday people can create when we uplift one another across class, race, + identity both at home & abroad. https://t.co/7qnz42I8du
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 3, 2019
Corbyn has been plagued with accusations of anti-Semitism and has a long history of condemning Israel while applauding anti-Jewish terrorist organizations. He famously referred to terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” in 2009.
He also praised Hamas fundraiser Raed Salah, calling him an “honored citizen,” according to Foreign Policy magazine. Salah is notable for espousing that Jews were responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
He further noted that the contributions of Abdul Aziz Umar and Husam Badran were “fascinating and electrifying” while hearing them speak at a conference in Qatar. Umar was convicted of killing seven people in Jerusalem for his role in a suicide bombing and Badran, a leader of Hamas’ military operation, was responsible for planning multiple suicide bombings, including one that killed more than 100 people.
While Ocasio-Cortez claimed to have Sephardic Jewish ancestry during a Hanukkah event in December, she has made some eyebrow-raising statements. The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist compared a migrant caravan trying to enter the United States illegally to Jews fleeing the Holocaust.
She also compared the effects of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to the Holocaust, urging the U.S. to follow Germany’s example by paying reparations and acknowledging the suffering that occurred during Nazi occupation in order to move forward.
Ocasio-Cortez is part of the Democratic Socialists of America that supports the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to punish the nation-state of Israel by economically depriving the country for its alleged mistreatment of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
The Daily Wire uncovered a 2017 video of the Democratic Socialists of America voting in favor of BDS while chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a famous Hamas rallying cry.
Ocasio-Cortez has praised BDS and favors a two-state solution, according to The Jerusalem Post.
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