In an internal email circulated to House Democrats and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Ocasio-Cortez lists 10 organizations that support her letter to Pompeo. Most of these groups are prominent leaders of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), which seeks to wage economic warfare on Israel. One such organization—Defense for Children International – Palestine—has been linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a U.S.- and European Union-designated terrorist organization.
Ocasio-Cortez’s collaboration with groups that have traditionally been seen among Democrats as extremist and outside the bounds of collaboration suggests an escalating fight within the party over not just criticism of Israel, but the acceptability among Democrats of supporting the Jewish state’s destruction through BDS and terrorism.
Almost all the “supporting organizations” listed on Ocasio-Cortez’s letter are vocal supporters of the BDS movement, including the American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and Churches for Middle East Peace. Each of these advocacy groups has a lengthy history of Israel criticism.