U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday evening that President Joe Biden\u0026#039;s \u0022blanket\u0022 remarks emphasizing Israel\u0026#039;s right to self-defense effectively excuse the country\u0026#039;s human rights violations as it continues to assail the occupied Gaza Strip and brutally repress Palestinians in East Jerusalem.\u0022Blanket statements like these with little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence—namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa—dehumanize Palestinians.\u0022\u0026nbsp;—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezSpeaking to reporters, Biden said that \u0022Israel has a right to defend itself\u0022 from rocket attacks emanating from Gaza and expressed hope that the latest round of violence—which observers fear could descend into all-out war—will \u0022be closing down sooner than later.\u0022But the president, who mentioned his earlier phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, notably did not denounce Israel\u0026#039;s attacks on worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound earlier this week, nor did he condemn Israel\u0026#039;s killing of civilians and destruction of residential buildings with airstrikes on Gaza—an ongoing bombing campaign that has left more than 80 Palestinians dead.\u0022Blanket statements like these with little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence—namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa—dehumanize Palestinians and imply the U.S. will look the other way at human rights violations. It\u0026#039;s wrong,\u0022 said Ocasio-Cortez, echoing other critics\u0026#039; depiction of Biden\u0026#039;s comments as a \u0022green light\u0022 for Israel to continue its deadly attacks.\u0022By only stepping in to name Hamas\u0026#039; actions—which are condemnable—and refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence,\u0022 the New York Democrat continued. \u0022This is not neutral language. It takes a side—the side of occupation.\u0022Blanket statements like these w/ little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence - namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa - dehumanize Palestinians \u0026amp; imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong. https://t.co/afCgoGdiMG— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 12, 2021Jewish Voice for Peace Action, a progressive advocacy organization, applauded Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s response to the president, tweeting: \u0022This is not a complicated situation. The Biden administration is defending a government that is forcibly displacing Palestinians from their homes, assaulting Palestinian worshipers, and raining bombs on an open air prison.\u0022In a readout of Biden\u0026#039;s call with Netanyahu on Wednesday, the White House said the president \u0022conveyed his unwavering support for Israel\u0026#039;s security and for Israel\u0026#039;s legitimate right to defend itself and its people, while protecting civilians.\u0022Earlier this week, a State Department spokesperson refused to say whether the Biden administration believes that Palestinians have the same right to self-defense as the Israelis.As U.S. officials publicly insist they are doing all they can to deescalate the violence, the Biden administration on Wednesday continued to block the release of a United Nations Security Council statement aimed at reducing tensions. Agence France-Presse reported that 14 of the 15 members of the body supported adopting the joint statement, with the U.S. remaining the lone opponent.\u0022During a first emergency meeting on Monday, the United States also refused to back a text proposed by Tunisia, Norway, and China calling on all parties to refrain from provocation,\u0022 AFP noted.Kate Kizer, policy director with U.S.-based advocacy group Win Without War, slammed the Biden administration\u0026#039;s stonewalling of the U.N. Security Council statement, warning that \u0022shielding other governments from accountability for violations of the \u0026#039;international rules-based order\u0026#039; simply because it\u0026#039;s politically expedient gives a blank check for others to do the same.\u0022\u0022We are actively creating the culture of impunity that drives our collective insecurity,\u0022 Kizer said.