[Marxism] AOC, Palestine, and the Left

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 16 14:50:39 MDT 2018

Let’s be clear. This is not good. Prompted about her use of the word
“massacre,” Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t stay with the experience of the
Palestinians. Instead, she goes immediately to an affirmation of Israel’s
right to exist, as if Israelis were the first order of concern, and that
affirming that right is the necessary ticket to saying anything about
Palestine. Asked about her use of the phrase “occupation of Palestine,”
Ocasio-Cortez wanders into a thicket of abstractions about access to
housing and “settlements that are increasing in some of these areas.” She
apologizes for not being an expert on a major geopolitical issue. She
proffers liberal platitudes about a two-state solution
<https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/10/palestine-israel-gaza-west-bank-bds> that
everyone knows are just words and clichés designed to defer any genuine
reckoning with the situation at hand, with no concrete discussion of
anything the US could or should do to intervene.

Even within the constraints of American electoral politics, there are
better ways — better *left* ways — to deal with this entirely foreseeable
question. Not only was this a bad moment for the Left but it was also a
lost opportunity: to speak to people who are not leftists about a major
issue in a way that sounds credible, moral, and politically wise.


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