Vice President Kamala Harris has angered supporters of Israel by showing support for a student who accused the country of ethnic genocide of Palestinians.
The interaction came when Harris made a surprise visit to a political science class at George Mason University in northern Virginia on Tuesday to encourage voter registration and discuss voting rights.
While Harris answered questions after speaking, one of the female students expressed concern about the US’s financial and military support to Israel and Saudi Arabia.
“I see there have been some protests and demonstrations in astronomical numbers in support of Palestine over the summer, but a few days ago funds were allocated to continue to support Israel, which hurts my heart because it is ethnic genocide and displacement. people, the same thing has happened in America, and I’m sure you’re aware of this,” the student said, as Harris nodded.
Vice President Kamala Harris has angered supporters of Israel by showing support for a student who accused the country of ethnic genocide of Palestinians
The interaction came when Harris made a surprise visit to a political science class at George Mason University in northern Virginia on Tuesday to encourage voter registration.
The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Thursday to send Israel $1 billion for its Iron Dome defense system, a move that has been fiercely opposed by a handful of the most left-wing Democrats, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The blunders of Kamala Harris
May 29: Harris tweeted a photo of himself laughing with the caption: “Enjoy the long weekend,” the Friday before Memorial Day.
After receiving a barrage of criticism for ignoring the bleak event, Harris tweeted a number of tributes to fallen servicemen.
June the 6th: Harris handed out cookies to Air Force Two reporters decorated with her own face.
Critics labeled the bizarre cookies “narcissistic,” but an aide later explained that they were a “gift” to Harris from a staffer the VP wanted to share.
June 8: Harris snapped at NBC News host Lester Holt when he asked why she hadn’t visited the border yet, despite being named Border Czar to Biden.
“And I haven’t been to Europe,” she replied.
20th of August: Harris was criticized for laughing awkwardly when a reporter questioned her about the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Observers have noted that Harris tends to chuckle when confronted with awkward questions.
The student continued with her belief that the funding could have been better spent helping Americans struggling with housing and health care costs, instead “inciting Israel and supporting Saudi Arabia and whatnot.”
The student says she felt she needed to raise the issue and said, “It affects my life and the lives of the people I really care about.”
“I’m glad you did,” Harris replied. “And again, this is about the fact that your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth must not be suppressed and must be heard, right? And one of the things we fight for in a democracy, right?’
“Unity should never come at the expense of telling someone in person that, for the sake of unity, ‘Oh, be quiet about that thing. You suppress that thing. Let’s not concern ourselves with that.’ That’s not a unit. True unity is that everyone in that room has a voice,” the vice president continued.
“The point you make about Middle East policy, foreign policy, we still have healthy debates in our country about what is the right way, and no one should be oppressed about that,” she added.
The exchange drew criticism from Republicans and supporters of Israel, including Senator Ted Cruz’s spokesman Steve Guest, who called the interaction “incredible” in a tweet.
On Sunday, the deadliest violence in weeks broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the West Bank, as Israeli forces carried out a series of arrest raids against suspected Hamas militants.
Five Palestinians were killed and two Israeli soldiers were seriously injured in the ensuing firefights.
Fighting has intensified in the region in recent months, with tensions fueled by Israeli settlement building, heightened militant activity in the northern West Bank and the aftermath of a bloody war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip last May.
The Israeli military said it had been monitoring Hamas militants for several weeks and launched the raids in response to immediate threats.
Harris speaks with students in a political science class at George Mason University during a surprise campus visit on Tuesday in Fairfax, Virginia
In his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made no mention of Israel’s decades-long conflict with the Palestinians.
In his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made no mention of Israel’s decades-long conflict with the Palestinians, instead seeking to portray Iran as a threat to global security. .
Harris had a phone conversation with her new Israeli counterpart, President Isaac Herzog, last month.
During the call, Harris expressed her strong commitment to Israel’s security and reiterated the US commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a State Department summary.
The two leaders also discussed the urgency of efforts to address the effects of climate change, the readout said.
Harris thanked Herzog for Israeli assistance in Central America by providing water collection systems to Guatemala and training farmers in “climate-smart” agriculture.