Today one’s silence speaks volumes.
Vice President Kamala Harris stayed silent when a college student accused Israel of committing “ethnic genocide” during the VP’s visit to George Mason University. The student accused Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians while suggesting the U.S. shouldn’t be funding Israel’s Iron Dome defense. Instead of politely correcting the student, Kamala supported the anti-Israel remark saying “your truth cannot be suppressed.”
The Daily Wire reports:
“You brought up how the power of the people and demonstrations and organizing is very valuable in America,” the student began. “But I see that over the summer there have been 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.”
“Americans are struggling because of lack of public health care, affordable housing, and all this money goes to funding 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 is a lack of listening,” she continued. “And I just feel like I need to bring this up with you because it affects my life and people I really care about.”
Vice President Harris responded she was “glad’ the student spoke up.
“A democracy is its strongest when everyone participates. It is its weakest when anyone is left out,” Harris continued. “That’s not only about being physically present but that your voice is present.”
“Our goal should be unity, but not uniformity,” the vice president said. “Unity should never be at the expense of telling any one person, ‘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. And then we see where that ends up in terms of a healthy debate on the issues.”
Tensions between the U.S. and Israel during the Biden administration have become strained because of President Biden’s attempt to re-establish an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran.