AOC, Omar Slammed

US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

( – Pro-Israel advocates have ripped into U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for spreading false information regarding Israel’s war against the terrorist group Hamas.

Both Omar and Ocasio-Cortez belong to the extreme-left “Squad” group in the U.S. House of Representatives. Omar was sharply criticized when she shared a post on social media, which she labeled as depicting “Child Genocide in Palestine.” However, the post contained an image of dead children from a 2013 chemical weapons assault in Syria, not from Palestine.

A few days before this incident, Ocasio-Cortez took to X, former Twitter, to address the proliferation of misinformation. She tweeted: “The level of misinformation in all directions at this moment is incredibly high, especially on this platform. If you see a claim, photo, or video that triggers a strong emotional reaction, take a moment to pause and check for veracity/confirmation from multiple sources.”

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a major pro-Israel lobbying group, took the opportunity to criticize both representatives. Responding to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet about misinformation, AIPAC remarked, “You mean like this, @AOC?” They continued, pointing to Rep. Omar’s post, “@IlhanMN is spreading dangerous misinformation, blaming Israel for killing kids who were killed by Assad in Syria 10 years ago. Once again, the Squad doesn’t let the facts get in the way of their anti-Israel narrative.”

Several social media users documented Rep. Omar’s controversial retweet before she deleted it. Ynet reporter, Emily Schrader, noted the inconsistency, commenting on social media, “Nothing to see here just Ilhan Omar, a Member of Congress, retweeting fake pics from Gaza.” Similarly, Aviva Klompas highlighted the irony by stating, “AOC warned about people spreading misinformation and photos that trigger a strong emotional reaction. Cue Congresswoman @IlhanMN sharing a 2013 photo of Syrian children and claiming they’re Palestinian.”

Furthermore, John Hasson juxtaposed the two Congresswomen’s actions in a tweet, drawing attention to their perceived contradiction.

AIPAC also spotlighted other instances of alleged misinformation. They highlighted and shared posts from certain Palestinian or Hamas-affiliated accounts. One particular post claimed to showcase children from Gaza who had been killed, but the image was actually of Ido Avigal, an Israeli child killed by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants, as noted by both Hen Mazzig and Yonatan Gonen in their respective posts.