Kamala Harris Praises 'Truth' of Student Who Accuses Israel of 'Genocide'
Democrat applauds student for 'speaking truth' about 'ethnic genocide'
Democrat Kamala Harris has angered supporters of Israel by praising an anti-Semitic college student for speaking the "truth" after she accused the Jewish state of "ethnic genocide" against Palestinians.
The interaction came as Harris made a surprise visit on Tuesday to George Mason University in northern Virginia to discuss voting rights and encourage voter registration.
As Harris took questions after speaking, one of the female students voiced her concerns about US financial and military support for Israel and Saudi Arabia.
"You brought up how the power of the people and demonstrations and organizing is very valuable in America,” the woman told Harris.
"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.
The student identified herself as “part-Yemeni, part-Iranian” and claimed that “a lot of taxpayer money is allocated for funding the military, whether it’s in backing Saudi Arabia or in Palestine.”
As Harris gave the student her full attention, the coed continued: “I bring this up also because of the issue of how Americans are struggling because of lack of healthcare, public healthcare, lack of affordable housing and all this money ends up going to inflaming Israel and backing Saudi Arabia and whatnot.
"And I think that the people have spoken very often in what they do need and I feel like there’s a lack of listening and I just feel like I need to bring this up because it affects my life and people I really care about’s lives.”
"I’m glad you did,” Harris reacted.
"I’m glad you did. 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?”
"A democracy is at its strongest when everyone participates,” Harris added.
"It is [at] its weakest when anyone is left out.
"And that’s not only about being physically present but that your voice is present …
"Our goal should be unity, but not uniformity.”
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Harris later returned to her point about "unity," saying:
"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," she added.
The exchange took place days after left-wing House Democrats forced the removal of language providing $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system from a continuing resolution to fund the government through early December.
Amid an outcry from members of both parties and concern from the Israeli government, Democratic leaders raced through a standalone bill that provided the funding to the House floor.
The measure was passed by a vote of 420-9, with two Democrats — Reps. Hank Johnson of Georgia and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — voting “present.”
The vote was preceded by intense debate, with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) accusing fellow Democrat Rashida Tlaib of Michigan of anti-Semitism by opposing the legislation.
"I cannot allow one of my colleagues to stand on the floor of the House of Representatives and label the Jewish, democratic state of Israel an apartheid state,” Deutch said.
"I reject it … If you believe in human rights, if you believe in saving lives—Israeli lives and Palestinian lives—I say to my colleague who just besmirched our ally, then you will support this legislation.”