Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been sharing misinformation regarding a supposed “mass grave” found at a Gaza hospital following clashes between Israeli soldiers and terrorists. AOC referenced a tweet by Nick Kristof, a liberal columnist for the New York Times, who has cast doubt on Hamas’s known practice of using hospitals for military purposes, while accepting Hamas’s allegations of Israeli wrongdoing as truth.

The IDF has been observing Hamas’ persistent efforts to disseminate false information regarding the hospital. The IDF clarified that its soldiers conducted an examination of a burial site previously utilized by Palestinians to inter deceased individuals. Their objective was to locate any potential remains of Israeli hostages who might have tragically lost their lives. Subsequently, the IDF respectfully returned the bodies that had been exhumed during this process.

The Times of Israel reported:

“It said forces searching for Israeli hostages had examined bodies previously buried by Palestinians near Nasser Hospital and had returned the bodies to where they were buried after they were examined. It has been documented that Palestinians buried their dead at the hospital grounds both before and while Israeli troops operated in the area. The location of that burial site was geo-located by experts to the same location where Hamas officials claimed to have discovered the new mass grave.”

The fabrication of a “mass grave” closely mirrors the historical “blood libel” propaganda directed at Jews in medieval Europe and the modern Middle East. This false accusation claims that Jews kill children to make matzot, the unleavened bread consumed during Passover, which is made only of water and flour.

AOC has additionally commended the illegal campus demonstrations at Columbia and Yale, where Jewish students faced violence and harassment. At Columbia, protestors advocated for the killing of Israelis and openly supported Hamas.