Somewhere way back on the human family tree, it is most probable that all of us are related somehow. Recently, researchers claim to have traced the race back to a single Eve and a single Adam. So, it should come as no great shock that the people of the world can claim pagan, native and even Jewish ancestry.
But very few people use that information for political gain. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and now Representative Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are the exceptions. The former got into trouble with the claim of Native American ancestry. Now the socialist from Queens is claiming Jewish heritage.
“[My family has] been doing a lot of family trees in the last couple of years,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And one of the things a lot of people don’t know about Puerto Rico, and something we discovered ourselves, is that a long time ago, many generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews.”
“The story goes that during the Spanish Inquisition, Jews were forced, on the exterior, to convert to Catholicism, but on the interior, they continued to be who they were, continued to practice their faith,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “A strong group of people, who wanted to continue living life the way they wanted to live it, decided to get on a boat and leave Spain. Some of these people ended up in Puerto Rico.”
“I think it all goes to show that our destinies are tied beyond our understanding, beyond even what we know,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “And as we learn more and more about the histories of others, our friends and neighbors, we start to uncover what we already know to be true: Your destiny is mine, and my destiny is yours.”
It is definitely possible that this is true. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the Spanish government did inquire after a lot of Jews and were less than Christian to them, but to bring it up at an event during the Jewish Festival of Light is, well, suspicious.
Seriously. It was caught on video.
At Hanukkah event with @JFREJNYC in an moving speech, @Ocasio2018 shares that her family were Sephardic Jews who fled to Puerto Rico. “So many of our destinies are tied beyond our understanding” pic.twitter.com/68bjuCFnDD
— Taly Krupkin (@TalyKrupkin) December 10, 2018