Shapiro on Ocasio-Cortez's Claim of Jewish Heritage: 'Easy Way of Avoiding Questions' About Anti-Semitism
Conservative commentator and editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro called out Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for claiming Jewish heritage.
At a Hanukkah event at a Queens synagogue on Sunday, the incoming congresswoman said that “a very, very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews.”
The New York Times reported:
She dated her ancestry to those who had to flee Europe during the Spanish Inquisition more than 500 years ago, and sought refuge in the New World. “Some of those people landed in Puerto Rico,” she explained.
“As is the story of Puerto Rico, we are a people that are an amalgamation,” she said. “We are no one thing. We are black; we are indigenous; we are Spanish; we are European.”
On "Fox News @ Night" Tuesday, Shapiro said he's sick of politicians claiming a certain heritage and trying to "get off the hook" for their current political positions.
"Ocasio-Cortez is incredibly close with people like Linda Sarsour and Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, and she's not shy about associating with folks who are fans of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions regime," Shapiro said. "It's an easy way of avoiding the question, but it has about as much political weight as somebody being accused of racism and then saying, 'Well, I once had a black friend.'"
1. Yeah, ok.
2. So what, even if true? You’re pro-BDS.
3. Anyone who falls for this sort of pandering is a massive sucker. https://t.co/QTF1sQTj0H
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 10, 2018
"Ocasio-Cortez has not disassociated from anyone who has associated with BDS or radical anti-Israel activity."
The New York Democrat drew criticism earlier this year for referring to Israel's "occupation" of Palestine, before backing off and saying she's "not the expert at geopolitics on this issue."
In August, Shapiro challenged Ocasio-Cortez to a debate, which she compared to "catcalling."
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