Superstar leftwing Member of Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, backed out of speaking at an online memorial for Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin, sponsored by Americans for Peace Now. To start the ball rolling backwards, an anti-Israel comment on Twitter apparently shook her up, questioning why she’d participate in a memorial for an Israeli leader who, as Defense Minister during the First Intifada, spoke of “breaking the bones” of Palestinian rioters and demonstrators. She then claimed that APN had misled her on the nature of her appearance.
This is how NY Jewish Week has summed things up, quoting from a couple of different sources:
The popular progressive New York congresswoman had been scheduled to take part in the event organized by Americans for Peace Now, but pulled out after a number of pro-Palestinian groups and figures had lacerated Ocasio-Cortez for agreeing to attend.
Reactions: CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted: “@AOC is being attacked for participating in a Memorial Event for Yitzhak Rabin who was literally assassinated by a right-wing Israeli zealot for his peace efforts with the Palestinians, especially Oslo.”
Democratic Majority for Israel tweeted: “Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to renege on her agreement to speak at a memorial to Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, who was slain trying to make peace, is wholly wrong and deeply regrettable.”
Michael Koplow of Israel Policy Forum tweeted: “There is no such thing as a peacemaker without war, which is inherently nasty and blood-soaked. There is no such thing as peace without complexity and compromise. This sends a terrible message.”