AOC draws comparison between birth of Jesus and Palestinian people's suffering

By Jen Krausz on
 December 26, 2023

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) drew a (false) comparison between the birth of Jesus under Roman occupation and the plight of Palestinians in Gaza in a social media post that drew pushback from readers.

"In the story of Christmas, Christ was born in modern-day Palestine under the threat of a government engaged in a massacre of innocents," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "He was part of a targeted population being indiscriminately killed to protect an unjust leader’s power."

"Thousands of years later, right-wing forces are violently occupying Bethlehem as similar stories unfold for today’s Palestinians, so much so that the Christian community in Bethlehem has canceled this year’s Christmas Eve celebrations out of both [fear for their] safety and respect," she added.

She neglected to say that Gaza, the location of which she speaks, is under Palestinian control, not Israel's, and has been so for nearly two decades.

She also neglected to say that around 1,000 Hamas fighters based in Gaza violently attacked and killed 1,200 Israelis to provoke the response from Israel that is currently occurring.

As an example of the pushback her post got, Pro-Israel activist Andrea Karshan said that rather than enjoying Christmas, people like AOC are getting "so social justice political about it."