Why is AOC honoring an Israeli war criminal?

Israeli defense minister Yitzhak Rabin, left, and army chief Lt. General Dan Shomron tour the occupied West Bank’s Jalazone refugee camp on 19 January 1988. Palestinians threw stones at Rabin from behind a building. Anat Givon AP Photo

This article has been updated since publication.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is helping a liberal Zionist group whitewash a war criminal responsible for atrocities against Palestinians.

Next month the progressive standard-bearer will be speaking at an Americans for Peace Now event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

“Rabin’s legacy inspires us all,” Americans for Peace Now stated in their announcement of the event.

The lobby group urged people to register to hear Ocasio-Cortez “reflect on fulfilling the courageous Israeli leader’s mission for peace and justice today in the US and Israel.”

The only feeling this pack of lies should inspire is disgust, especially at Ocasio-Cortez’s willing participation.

Ever since his assassination by an Israeli Jewish extremist there has been an effort by liberal Zionists to paint Rabin as a martyr for peace.

For Palestinians, Rabin can only be remembered for his personal role in the 1948 Lydda Death March, and for ordering Israeli soldiers to brutalize and kill Palestinians protesting the Israeli occupation during the first intifada of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The enduring myth of the “peace process” is that Rabin’s assassination derailed the 1993 Oslo accords and led to the current impasse.

Yet the notion that had Rabin lived he would have pursued a “mission for peace and justice” is grotesque revisionism.

Rabin’s crimes spanned the period from the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing of Palestine – to his death.

It suffices to mention only a few of Rabin’s more notorious crimes to demonstrate how outrageous it is for anyone purporting to be a champion of the downtrodden and marginalized to glorify him.

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