Debates over US Vice President Kamala Harris continue. After a controversial statement to a student, she must defend herself against criticism coming from pro-Israel circles.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris The pressure is on to react to a student’s comments about Israel. The videos show Harris visiting a university in the US state of Virginia to discuss voting rights. In this context, one student spoke about the pro-Palestinian demonstrations and said: “But a few days ago financial support was given to support Israel, which hurts my heart because it is a genocide and displacement.” Regarding US financial assistance, he said there is no money in the United States for medical care or affordable housing.
Harris did not correct the statements made by the student
“I’m glad you did,” Harris replied. She continued: “Your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth cannot be suppressed.” Harris came under heavy criticism for not correcting the student.
According to media reports, Harris’ office has been in contact with Jewish organizations. “We are pleased that Vice President Harris’ senior officials approached us today to confirm what we already know:” Her commitment to Israel’s security remains unchanged, “she agrees with Israel’s character.”
“I’m glad she confirmed that she (…) knew that it was obviously wrong to say that Israel was committing” genocide, “said ATL President Jonathan Greenblatt. Greenblatt said what the student said was “disgusting” and “wrong.” The media quoted Harris spokesman Simon Sanders as saying, “The Vice President does not accept the character of student Israel.”
Harris came under heavy criticism this summer for his stance on immigration. He had announced a difficult curriculum, despite his own party’s guidelines.
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