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A Letter to AOC

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Dear Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez,

You don’t know me, but I know you. It is almost impossible NOT to know who you are these days, but as an American politics junkie, I heard your name months before you were sworn in as one of the youngest members of Congress in American history.

I’ll admit: at first, I was thrilled to hear about you. A 29-years-old in congress? Representing young people’s values and fighting for young people’s interests? Even though I’m not a U.S. citizen, knowing that there is someone, roughly my age, who brings a fresh perspective and is concerned about border-crossing issues that are affecting the lives of every person in the world, from leading climate action to fighting sexual violence, was reassuring.

And it was not that I’d thought you would be one of those political leaders who say “amen” to everything Israel says or does. I knew you would have criticism about Israeli policy in the west bank and in Gaza – just as I, and plenty of other Israelis, have. But I did not expect you to become such a strong critic of Israel.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a mess. It is flooded with bad blood, mutual distrust, conflicting interests and values........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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