Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: I Come From Sephardic Jews Who Fled To Puerto Rico

The Jerusalem Post – by Zachary Keyser

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of 435 members of the incoming US House of Representatives, said on Monday that members of her family were Sephardim who were forced to flee to Puerto Rico during the Spanish Inquisition.

Ocasio-Cortez was speaking at an event marking the eighth and final night of Hanukkah, at a gathering held with the Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She thanked the organization on a social media account for assembling the festivities.  

“So many of our destinies are tied beyond our understanding,” Ocasio-Cortez said regarding her family lineage.

“A very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardi… Jews.”

Ocasio-Cortez told the audience of her family’s struggles as Sephardim, and how they were forced to flee into the mountains of Puerto Rico during the Spanish Inquisition and practice Catholicism as a front to escape antisemitic oppression.

“During the Spanish Inquisition… so many people were forced to convert on the exterior to Catholicism, but on the interior continued to practice their faith,” the newly elected New York congresswoman told the crowd.

“The culture in Puerto Rico [was] that people [would] open their closets, there would be this small menorah inside. And as they had children, and their children had children and their children had children, these cultures started to kind of mix in a way that many people in those subsequent generations didn’t understand: to practice Catholicism on the exterior, but when you’re at home, to practice Judaism.”

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is from Queens, New York. At the age 29, she will become the youngest member ever to serve in the US Congress.


6 thoughts on “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: I Come From Sephardic Jews Who Fled To Puerto Rico

  1. And there it is. Yes, I was surprised, but now it’s all starting to make sense, in terms of how they are fronting her.

    Mazel Tov!!


  2. First she claims to support Palestinians. Then she kinda backtracks on that. Now she’s claiming to be Jewish. What I want to know is this–when, idiot, did you pray the Kol Nidre? At the Hannukah?

  3. And another thing, Ms. Kol Nidre–you claim your family fled to Puerto Rico to escape anti-semitism DURING THE SPANISH INQUISITION which occurred in the 1300s and 1400s BEFORE PUERTO RICO WAS DISCOVERED??? Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    Note: Columbus supposedly discovered PR in 1493, where upon the native Tainos were slaughtered in the 1500s. So, if she is telling the truth, then perhaps one could say her “sephardic” ancestors just might have been among the slaughterers?

  4. Every time I see a picture of those Jewish candles, I just want to slap them down and light the whole f&$king place on fire. I’m sick of seeing that abominable shit everywhere in my country. To me it represents a Swastika symbol being planted everywhere on the Internet and in the world. I’m surprised we’re not hearing people say, “Heil Benny!”.

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