Reps. Moskowitz and Ocasio-Cortez Clash Over Israel Aid Vote

Heated exchange between Reps. Moskowitz and Ocasio-Cortez over Israel aid vote, highlighting divisions among Democrats on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Reps. Moskowitz and Ocasio-Cortez Clash Over Israel Aid Vote

Reps. Moskowitz and Ocasio-Cortez Clash Over Israel Aid Vote

Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) engaged in a heated exchange over an Israel aid vote, with Moskowitz briefly liking a post asking for "the Hebrew translation for F -- Off Lady" in response to Ocasio-Cortez's defense of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

The clash began after Sanders reiterated his call to cut off U.S. funding for "Netanyahu's war machine" in Gaza, which Moskowitz criticized. Ocasio-Cortez defended Sanders, saying his commitment to protecting innocents in Gaza stems from his Jewish values. "Sen. Sanders and other Jewish leaders deserve far better than this shameful treatment for their commitment to protecting human rights," she tweeted.

Moskowitz, who is also Jewish, responded by saying his family was killed in the Holocaust and that he voted for aid to both Israel and Gaza. "My family was also killed in the Holocaust. I vote for aid for Israel and aid for Gaza. When we have a disagreement on policy we should settle it in person as colleagues," he tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez later shared a screenshot showing Moskowitz had liked a tweet from actor Michael Rapaport asking for the "Hebrew translation for Fuck Off Lady" in response to her defense of Sanders. "Is this really how you wanted to respond to me publicly?" she questioned.

The U.S. Senate passed a $95.3 billion foreign aid package to Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan, with Sanders voting against it. The House and Senate have since approved a $26.38 billion package featuring assistance to both Israel and the Palestinians, with Ocasio-Cortez voting against the Israel aid in the House.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing divisions among Democrats over the U.S. response to the Israel-Hamas war, with some progressives like Ocasio-Cortez calling for withholding aid to Israel. It also exposes the growing tensions within the party over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Both Moskowitz and Ocasio-Cortez serve on the House Oversight Committee and have taken different positions on Israel, with Moskowitz being a vocal defender of Israel and Ocasio-Cortez criticizing

Key Takeaways

  • Reps. Moskowitz and Ocasio-Cortez clashed over U.S. aid to Israel and Gaza.
  • Moskowitz briefly liked a post asking for "Hebrew translation for Fuck Off Lady".
  • Ocasio-Cortez defended Sanders' criticism of Israel's "war machine" in Gaza.
  • The U.S. Senate passed a $95.3 billion foreign aid package, with Sanders voting against it.
  • The incident highlights divisions among Democrats over the U.S. response to the Israel-Hamas war.