The pressure on US Vice President Kamala Harris is not easing. After a controversial statement to a student, she has to defend herself against criticism from pro-Israeli circles.
US Vice President Kamala Harris has come under pressure because of her reaction to comments by a student on Israel. Videos show Harris visiting a university in the US state of Virginia mid-week to discuss suffrage. In this context, a student spoke about pro-Palestinian demonstrations and said: “But only a few days ago funds were approved to continue supporting Israel, which hurts my heart because it is an ethnic genocide and displacement.” Regarding US financial support, she said that America is lacking money for medical care or affordable housing.
Harris does not correct statements made by the student
“I’m glad you did,” Harris responded to the fact that the student had brought up the subject. She went on to say: “The point is that your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth cannot be suppressed.” Harris then came under massive criticism for not correcting the student.
According to media reports, Harris’s office then contacted Jewish organizations. “We were pleased that Vice President Harris’ senior officials reached out to us today to confirm what we already knew: her” commitment to the security of Israel is unwavering, “and she” is consistent with the characterization of Israel by the ( …) Student does not agree at all “”, explained the organization Democratic Majority for Israel.
“I am glad that she has confirmed that she (…) knows that the claim that Israel would commit” ethnic genocide “is obviously false,” said the head of the civil rights organization ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt. What the student said was “hateful” and “wrong,” said Greenblatt. “The Vice President does not agree with the characterization of Israel by the student,” the media quoted Harris’ spokeswoman Symone Sanders as saying.
Harris had come under fire over the summer for her stance on immigration. She had announced a tough course, although it was against the guidelines of her own party