(TheRedWire.com) – Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, recently sparked controversy with a social media post where she drew parallels between Jesus Christ and the Palestinian people while also critiquing Israel. In her post, Ocasio-Cortez referenced the historical context of Jesus’ birth in what is now modern-day Palestine under Roman rule, highlighting the plight of a population facing indiscriminate killing to maintain a ruler’s power.
She further connected these historical events to present-day situations in Bethlehem, stating that current right-wing forces mirror past oppressions. Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that due to safety concerns and in solidarity with the Palestinians, Bethlehem’s Christian community had decided to cancel their Christmas Eve celebrations. It is important to note that the Palestinian Authority currently governs Bethlehem.
Her comments, however, did not address the role of Hamas or their actions, including the hostages they have taken. This omission was criticized by Jacob Kornbluh, a senior political reporter at The Forward, who noted the absence of any mention of Hamas terrorism or the victims of the October 7th attack.
Additionally, as reported by The New York Post, Andrea Karshan, a pro-Israel activist, expressed disappointment over the politicization of Christmas.
In a related development, Ocasio-Cortez, along with 23 other Democrats, had previously written to President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, seeking clarity on their plans to de-escalate violence in the region. This correspondence followed Israel’s incursion into the Gaza Strip and condemned the Hamas attacks on Israel that occurred on October 7th, which resulted in numerous casualties and hostage-taking. The letter also expressed concern over the Israeli Defense Forces’ response, which reportedly resulted in a high number of Palestinian casualties, including children, according to figures provided by Hamas.
The city of Bethlehem, traditionally known as the birthplace of Jesus, announced the cancellation of its usual Christmas festivities in a gesture of solidarity with Gaza amidst the ongoing conflict. In a Facebook post, the city council explained that traditional decorations were being withheld in memory of the martyrs.
Fox News theologian Jonathan Morris commented on the situation, describing the decision as a political statement overshadowing a sacred event for Christians, including those in Bethlehem. In contrast, a spokesperson for the Bethlehem city council told the Telegraph that celebrating amidst the violence in Gaza and the West Bank would be inappropriate.
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