NEW YORK (VINnews) — Vice President Kamala Harris nodded as a student accusing Israel of ethnic genocide and then stressed that the student’s “truth should not be suppressed.” Harris appeared at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to commemorate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday. After her speech she took questions from the audience and a female student queried the funds being allocated by the US for Israel and Saudi Arabia.
“I see that over the summer there have been, like, protests and demonstrations in astronomical numbers” about the Palestinian cause, the student said. The student added that the funds recently allocated to continue backing Israel “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 went on to allege that money that would otherwise go to Americans struggling with housing and health care costs goes instead “to inflaming Israel and backing Saudi Arabia and what-not.”
In response, Harris did not rebut the student’s claims regarding Israel, choosing instead to say that she was “glad” the student had brought up her concerns:
“This is about the fact that your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth, should not be suppressed and it must be heard, right? And one of the things we’re fighting for in a democracy, right?” Harris said.
Harris also claimed that democracy is “at its weakest when anyone is left out” of the conversation.
“Our goal should be unity, but not uniformity, right?” said Harris, later adding, “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.