Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is Descendant of Sephardic Jews

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is descendant of Sephardic Jews from Puerto Rico.




Ocasio-Cortez explained that many Puerto Ricans are descendants of different cultures, including Sephardic Jews, but provided no evidence of her direct ancestry.

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  • At a Hanukkah event, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that her family had descended from Sephardic Jews:

“One of the things that we discovered about ourselves is that a very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews.”

  • Several Jewish news outlets were quick to report on the claims.

  • Right-wing publication the Independent Sentinel criticized her claims, calling her a “Fake Sephardic Jew.”

  • Ocasio-Cortez later qualified her claims in a tweet, explaining that Puerto Ricans share heritage from many cultures:

  • Heritage claims have been known to draw criticism for politicians in the past.


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