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Ocasio-Cortez reveals: My ancestors were Jewish

December 10, 2018 - 3:53 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made quite the revelation on the final night of Chanukah Sunday: She has Jewish lineage. 

Ocasio-Cortez made the revelation during a Chanukah event at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center in Queens, organized by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

"One of the things that we discovered about ourselves is that a very very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews," she said, referring to Jews who are originally from Spain or the Iberian Peninsula.

She continued, "And ... the story goes that 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, continued to be who they were, even though they were pressured to not be that on the outside world."

She told the audience, "I knew it! I sensed it!"