VP Harris Supports College Student Voicing Anti-Israel Comment

VP Harris Supports College Student Voicing Anti-Israel Comment

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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September 29, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday showed support for a college student who accused Israel of committing “ethnic genocide” against Palestinians, telling the young woman that “your truth should not be suppressed.”

Harris on Tuesday made a surprise visit to a political science class at George Mason University in northern Virginia to mark National Voter Registration Day. After giving brief remarks on voting rights where she called the election measures that were recently passed in Georgia and Texas “inhumane,” Harris wasn’t afraid to field questions from 13 students.

One college student, who identified her nationality as “part-Yemeni and part-Iranian,” voiced her anger over Congress funding $1 billion to Israel for its Iron Dome.

“I see that over the summer there have been, like, protests and demonstrations in astronomical numbers standing with Palestine, but then just a few days ago there were funds allocated to continue backing Israel, which hurts my heart because it’s ethnic genocide and displacement of people, the same that happened in America, and I’m sure you’re aware of this,’ the student said as Harris nodded.

Last week, the House overwhelmingly passed a standalone bill to fund Israel $1 billion for its Iron Dome defense system, a measure that was first taken off the continuing resolution to fund the government through early December after a handful of Progressive Democrats forced the removal. The measure passed by a vote of 420-9, with all of the Squad members voting No, except Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who switched her vote to “present.”

The college student expressed her belief that the funding America sends to allies could be better off spent helping Americans struggling with housing and health care instead of “inflaming Israel and backing Saudi Arabia and what-not.”

“It affects my life and people I really care about’s lives,” the student told Harris, explaining to the vice president that this issue is personal to her.

Harris told the student that she “was glad” to hear her “perspective” on this issue, adding that her voice “should not be suppressed and it must be heard.”

“I’m glad you did,” Harris responded. “And again, this is about the fact that your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth, should not be suppressed, and it must be heard, right? And one of the things we’re fighting for in a democracy, right?”

The vice president also claimed that democracy is “at its weakest when anyone is left out” of the conversation.

“Our goal should be unity, but not uniformity, right?” Harris said, noting that, “Unity should never be at the expense of telling anyone personally that, for the sake of unity, ‘Oh, you be quiet about that thing. You suppress that thing. Let’s not deal with that thing.’ That’s not unity. True unity is everyone in that room has a voice.”

“The point that you are making about policy that relates to Middle East policy, foreign policy, we still have healthy debates in our country about what is the right path, and nobody’s voice should be suppressed on that,” Harris added.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama

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