Even the most adept spin-masters can’t spin everything. Vice President Kamala Harris’ new crisis communication coordinator had a trial of fire last week, trying to clean up after her supervisor just after vice-chairman failed to condemn a blatant display of anti-Semitism during a speech at George Mason University. Among the numerous examples of Harris’s disrespectful remarks (such as “and I haven’t been to Europe” when asked why she had not seen the border issue she allegedly monitored), this event stands out as especially damning—and revealing—of the Biden-Harris perspective. Harris must either accept responsibility for it or openly denounce it.
“Just a few days ago there were funds allocated to continue supporting Israel, which hurts my heart because it was an ethnic genocide and a displacement of people, just like did happen in America, and I’m sure you’re aware of this,” a student told the vice president while she was speaking at George Mason about voting rights. The declaration accuses Israel of genocide, a war crime, and promotes the myth that Jews are a foreign nuisance who are not native to the Holy Land and should thus be evacuated.
One might expect the vice president of the United States to reply aggressively to such allegations, yet Harris did not do so. Instead, she stated that she was “I’m pleased you brought that up,” the student continued, “Because this is about your voice, your viewpoint, your experience, your truth, and it has to be heard, right?” And isn’t it one of the things we strive for in a democracy?”
Kamala Harris Applauds a Student Who Accused Israel of Committing “Ethnic Genocide.”
Harris’ defenders have claimed that, while she is firmly pro-Israel, she also supports free expression. Thus she did not contradict the student. Everyone in the United States has the freedom under the First Amendment to express their opinions, but that does not mean that the rest of us must agree with them. It’s hard to see Harris being so kind if the kid in issue had propagated racist stereotypes about African Americans or any other group. It would have been simple to support freedom of expression while rebutting the student’s prejudiced comments. “You are, of course, entitled to your view in our democracy,” Harris might have responded, “but I strongly disagree with your depiction of Israel.”
On September 29, 2021, US Vice President Kamala Harris met with small business leaders in the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office at the Eisenhower Executive Office building next to the White House in Washington, DC, to discuss how the Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Agenda will benefit their businesses.
“Your Truth Cannot Be Suppressed”: Kamala Harris
The fact is that truth is not a subjective concept. By encouraging our students to believe they can conceive the truth to be anything they choose, the second-highest elected person in the United States is doing them no favours.
And in this case, the fact is that Israel is America’s excellent ally, having thrived as the Middle East’s sole democracy for more than seven decades and serving as a crucial security partner. For decades, our partnership has had strong bipartisan backing in Congress, which both Joe Biden & Kamala Harris claim is their government’s policy.
It’s also a fact, however unpalatable, that Jews are disproportionately the victims of violent crimes in the United States and across the world. Lack of response to false accusations of anti-Semitism essentially condones the violence. Harris’ heinous act occurred on the 80th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, which happened at the end of September 1941.
Kamala Harris Shrugs at Anti-Semitism – WSJ
A month earlier, Nazi forces had invaded Kyiv, and booby traps laid by fleeing Soviet soldiers destroyed several of the buildings they captured, resulting in painful deaths. The Nazis used the circumstances to blame the remnant Ukrainian Jewish community, whether they knew who the actual offenders were or not. They slaughtered 33,771 Jews at the Babi Yar ravine, resulting in one of the world’s most significant mass graves. The events of World War II risk becoming abstract as they get further removed in time. Our contemporaries are all too quick to forget how the Holocaust emerged from a long, nasty history of anti-Semitism and its implicit acceptance.
Rather than glossing over poisonous racism, Harris should have given the George Mason student a history lesson on what such assaults have historically resulted in. “Never forget” does not imply that the Holocaust will never occur again. It means that we all do what we can to combat this evil in big and small ways. Following the outbreak of hostilities in Gaza last spring, there was an alarming trend in Europe and America of assaults on all Jews as intermediaries for Israel, regardless of nationality. The best approach to counteract this tendency is for your communications staff to release a “clarifying” statement rather than legitimise it as a subjective personal reality.