‘A very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardi… Jews…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is well-known for her outrageous gaffes, now the incoming Democratic House freshman and avowed socialist from the Queens, NY, is claiming to be Jewish.
Ocasio-Cortez was speaking at an event this week marking the eighth and final night of Hanukkah, at a gathering held by a group called Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
During an informal speech, Ocasio-Cortez told the crowd that she was a descendant of Sephardic Jews who fled Spain for Puerto Rico.
“So many of our destinies are tied beyond our understanding,” she said. “A very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardi… Jews.”
“During the Spanish Inquisition so many people were forced to convert on the exterior to Catholicism, but on the interior continued to practice their faith,” she said.
Whether her new claim is true, a cynical ploy to gain support from a powerful constituency amid her blatant anti-Israeli activism, or just another ridiculous gaffe, may be unknowable short of an Elizabeth Warren-style DNA test.
What is knowable, is that Ocasio-Cortez is the daughter of an architect from wealthy Westchester County north of the hardscrabble Bronx, not the Bronx itself which she often claims.
She also has an established history of reflexively siding with the Palestinians over the Jewish state, and she’s supported the BDS movement, or Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, meant to cripple the Israel economy.
Ron Halber, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, told The Daily Caller, “There’s no doubt that BDS is an exclusionary anti-Semitic movement whose goals are the eventual destruction of the state of Israel.”
One of Ocasio-Cortez’s close friends, Julia Salazar, recently claimed to be Jewish but was found to have lied.
Salazar, like Ocasio-Cortez, is a proud socialist seeking public office — specifically, she ran to represent an area of Brooklyn in the New York senate.
She too said she was Jewish based on family lore.
But it was reported in Aug. that she could not take a birthright trip to Israel because she was not genetically Jewish, to which Salazar claimed racism.