Ocasio-Cortez Falsely Claimed Video of Her Referring to ‘Occupation of Palestine’ Was ‘Doctored’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) falsely claimed in an interview this week that a video clip of her referring to the Israeli "occupation of Palestine" was "doctored."

The clip Ocasio-Cortez took issue with came from a July 2018 interview on PBS's "Firing Line With Margaret Hoover." The freshman congresswoman told the Intercept, in an interview flagged by the Daily Wire, that the video "got doctored and then the doctored video was the one that ended up on Fox News and then like everyone just sees the doctored version instead of the actual exchange."

In the interview with Hoover, Ocasio-Cortez said, "I also think that what people are starting to see at least in the occupation of Palestine is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian condition, and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue."

When pressed on her use of the term "occupation," Ocasio-Cortez said she was referring to "the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas in places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes." She then admitted she is "not the expert on geopolitics on this issue."