AOC calls Biden administration ‘shameful’ for blocking United Nations demand for a ceasefire in Gaza and says it can no longer pretend it cares about Palestinians’ human rights

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • The US on Friday vetoed a UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire
  • Aid groups fear Gaza is headed for a humanitarian catastrophe
  • Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez described the veto as ‘shameful’ in a post on X 

The U.S. decision to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire in Gaza was ‘shameful,’ according to leftist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The Biden administration voted against the resolution, which was backed by most other members, on Friday.

Supporters of the plan said the veto would deepen the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian enclave, but Israel and Washington contend that any ceasefire would simply allow Hamas to rearm and reorganize.

‘Shameful,’ was AOC’s verdict posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Along with other members of the hard-left ‘Squad,’ she has spoken up repeatedly in favor of halting Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.

‘The Biden Admin can no longer reconcile their professed concern for Palestinians and human rights while also single-handedly vetoing the UN’s call for ceasefire and sidestepping the entire US Congress to unconditionally back the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza.’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed the Biden administration’s decision to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. ‘Shameful,’ she posted

AOC, along with her other Squad members, has kept up calls for an end to the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip

AOC, along with her other Squad members, has kept up calls for an end to the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip

Israel began bombing Gaza in the immediate aftermath of a Hamas terrorist attack that killed more than 1,200 people.

Since then the bombardment has killed more than 17,000 people, according to the Hamas-controlled Gaza ministry of health.

Tens of thousands more have been wounded..

Israel has said this phase of the campaign will continue for weeks as it tries to ensure that Hamas can never repeat its vicious assault.

However, the United Nations and humanitarian groups have called repeatedly for a ceasefire.

The head of the U.N. called an emergency meeting if the security council Friday as he warned of an ‘humanitarian catastrophe.’

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the Hamas attack on Oct. 7 could ‘never justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.’

He added that 60 percent of Gaza’s housing had reportedly been destroyed or damaged, and 85 percent of the population has been forced from their homes.

But, U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood described the resolution as ‘imbalanced’ and complained that the security council had not condemned the Oct. 7 attack.

U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood raised his hand Friday to vote against the resolution. The U.S., along with the other permanent members of the security council, has power of veto

U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood raised his hand Friday to vote against the resolution. The U.S., along with the other permanent members of the security council, has power of veto 

More than 60 members of two families were killed in a single strike, according to the Palestinians Civil Defense. This picture shows the rubble of a destroyed house used by the Al Madfaa and Shabit families in Al Maghazi refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip

More than 60 members of two families were killed in a single strike, according to the Palestinians Civil Defense. This picture shows the rubble of a destroyed house used by the Al Madfaa and Shabit families in Al Maghazi refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip

Smoke rises inside central Gaza strip after an airstrike as Israel continues its bombardment

Smoke rises inside central Gaza strip after an airstrike as Israel continues its bombardment

Halting Israel’s offensive, he said, would only allow Hamas to continue to rule Gaza. 

‘Hamas has no desire to see a durable peace, to see a two-state solution,’ Wood said before using his veto during the vote. 

‘For that reason, while the United States strongly supports a durable peace, in which both Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security, we do not support calls for an immediate cease-fire.’

The United Kingdom abstained, while the 13 other members of the security council voted in favor of the resolution. 

As one of five permanent members of the security council. the U.S. has the power of veto.

According to the Working Families Party’s ‘ceasefire tracker,’ 61 members of Congress have backed calls for a halt. They include Squad members Jamaal Bowman, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, Greg Casar, and Summer Lee.

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