The vice president addresses a student at George Mason University who questions US military support for the Jewish state, saying, “Your truth should not be silenced.”
A university student accused Israel of “ethnic genocide” during an event on Wednesday, but US Vice President Kamala Harris didn’t respond.
At George Mason University in Virginia, Harris spoke to a class about voting rights before taking questions from the students. One of the students observed, “A lot of public money is given for paying the military,
whether it’s in support of Saudi Arabia or in Palestine.”
According to the student, pro-Palestinian marches in the summer saw “astronomical numbers,” presumably alluding to demonstrations in May amid the fighting between Israel and Gaza terror organizations. She went on to say that
Virginia, September 28th, 2021. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
During a speech on Wednesday, US Vice President Kamala Harris did not challenge a university student who accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing.
“A lot of public money is dedicated to paying the military,” one student stated after Harris spoke about voting rights at George Mason University in Virginia.
When the student mentioned “astronomical numbers” at pro-Palestinian events over the summer,
she was probably alluding to demonstrations in May during the Israel-Gaza war.
It’s an ethnic genocide and a displacement of people — the same that happened in America —
which pains my heart because it’s been allocated recently to continue supporting Israel, she said.
Last Monday, the US House of Representatives voted 420-9 in favor of allocating $1 billion to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. However, the Senate must still adopt the legislation, which is supported by the Biden administration.
“I just feel like I need to bring this up since it affects my life and people I genuinely care about,” the student concluded.
In answer, Harris remarked, “I’m delighted you did. To reiterate: your perspective, experience, and truth should not be stifled, but heard, right? Your voice is important. …and one of the things we’re fighting for is the participation of everyone in a democracy, right?
A short time later, she added: “The point you are making about Middle East policy, foreign policy,
we still have healthy debates about what is the proper way in our country,
and nobody’s voice should be stifled on that.”
The vice president’s office made no further comment on the interaction, which was panned by a number of Republican leaders.
Even if she doesn’t have the time to visit the border, Democratic Senator Kamala Harris is obviously not short on time when spreading anti-Israel and anti-Semitic misinformation,
according to Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri.