Thursday, May 13, 2021

AOC criticizes Biden statement of support for Israel as siding with 'occupation'                                                                    The president said Israel has the right to defend itself against Hamas' attacks                      By Brie Stimson | Fox News

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., criticized President Biden over his Wednesday statement of support for Israel amid escalating violence with Hamas, claiming he gave little context for what stoked the tensions and was consequently "siding with occupation."

Biden told reporters Israel has a right to defend itself "when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory."

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that Biden had failed to mention the pending evictions of dozens of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem in favor of Israelis and the Israeli police raid of the Al-Aqsa mosque that left hundreds of worshippers hurt as an instigator to Hamas’ rocket attacks.

She said statements that don’t recognize Israel’s role in the violence "dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong."

"By only stepping in to name Hamas’ actions - which are condemnable - & refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence," she wrote. "This is not neutral language. It takes a side - the side of occupation."

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Back Online: Colonial Pipeline Now Operational...But There's a Catch

Matt Vespa / Townhall Columnist
Colonial Pipeline suffered a devastating cyberattack last weekend. It had to shut down its operations. The pipeline supplies 45 percent of the fuel to the eastern United States. Initially, there were reassurances that no major disruptions would occur and that the pipeline’s operations would be restored within the week. What was buried in this story is that Alabama north through Baltimore could experience shortages of gas. 
Well, that’s happened. Full-blown panic has engulfed North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, and other states along Colonial Pipeline's 5,500-mile track. Today, there was coverage of long lines at gas stations, people stocking up on fuel, and stations declaring they were totally out of gas for sale. The days of the oil embargo were rehashed. Were we near the point of rationing? Maybe select days where people with license plates ending in an even or odd number can purchase fuel? The panic was spreading but fear no more. The pipeline is back online, but the hiccup is that it’ll take a week for the supply chain to return to normal (via NYT):