A rising star in the Democratic Party is drawing criticism after she called Israel an "occupation" force of Palestine. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked many with her win against veteran Congressman Joe Crowley, ignited the controversy on PBS's Firing Line. After the interviewer pushed for clarification, Ocasio-Cortez struggled to walk back her comments, saying she wasn't an expert on the geopolitics of the issue. The Simon Wiesenthal Center tweeted the congressional candidate "knows zero" about the issue while fellow socialists said her response was only liberal platitudes about a two-state solution. Ocasio-Cortez is set to join Senator Bernie Sanders this week in the midwest to campaign for other progressive Democrats.
Road to hell paved with good intentions and scant knowledge. Happy to provide info to Alexandra who knows zero about 3,500 yr relationship of Jewish people to Land of Israelhttps://t.co/DUqVpxtG5x— SimonWiesenthalCntr (@simonwiesenthal) July 16, 2018