There are some things that even a highly skilled spin master can’t spin. Vice President last week. Kamala HarrisThe vice president’s communications manager had an attempt to set fire to his boss after the vice president failed to quell a strong anti-Semitic demonstration during a speech at George Mason University. Even out of the thousands of examples of aggressive Harris statements (such as “And I didn’t go to Europe” when asked why he didn’t visit the border crisis she is apparently monitoring) Biden Harris’s World View Harris Needs to either own it, or give it up openly and publicly.
Vice President George Mason was about to speak on voting rights when a student told him: “Just a few days ago, funds were allocated to continue supporting Israel, which hurt my heart. This is because of genocide and the displacement of people. It happened in the United States, and I’m sure you’ll be aware of it. ” The lie that Jews are alienated and not natives of the Holy Land has been perpetuated, and should be expelled.
One would believe that the Vice President of the United States would respond forcefully to such allegations, but Harris did not. Instead, she replied that she “cheered” the student, adding, “It’s about the fact that your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth is not suppressed. Should go and it should be heard, right? And one of the things we are fighting for in a democracy?
Facing a sharp and fierce reaction to this prominent display of moral equality, Harris’ supporters have argued that he did not act against the student because, while he is a supporter of Israel, he also supported freedom of expression. Is. This is clearly ridiculous. All American citizens have the right to express their views in the First Amendment, but that does not mean that the rest of us have to agree with them. It is incomprehensible that Harris would have been so big if the student in question had presented racist stereotypes about African Americans or any other minority. It would have been simple to support freedom of expression while denying the student’s biased rhetoric. Harris could say, for example, “In our democracy you certainly have your own opinion, but I strongly disagree with your character of Israel.”
The fact of the matter is that truth is not subjective. The second highest official in the United States is not encouraging our undergraduates to believe that they can imagine the truth as they please. And in this case, the fact is that the state of Israel is a great and good ally of the United States, which has flourished for more than seven decades as the only democracy in the Middle East and is an important security partner. Our alliance has strong, bilateral support in the United States. Congress For decades, both Joe Biden And Kamala Harris’s claim is the policy of his administration.
It is also a sad fact that Jews are disproportionate targets of violent crime in the United States and around the world. Failure to respond to false claims explicitly forgives the violence that demonizes Jews. Harris’s embarrassing incident occurred on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, which took place in late September 1941.
The Nazi forces had entered Kiev a month earlier, and Bobby Trapps, who had escaped the Soviet retreat, destroyed some of the buildings under his control, causing significant casualties. Whether they know the real culprits or not, the Nazis took advantage of the situation and made the rest of the Ukrainian Jewish population a scapegoat. They quickly massacred 33,771 Jews in the Bab Yar Valley and built one of the largest mass graves in history. As World War II events unfold over time, they run the risk of being summarized. Our contemporaries easily forget how the long, ugly history of anti-Semitism, and its silent acceptance, erupted in the Holocaust.
Instead of shining on harmful prejudice, Harris would have treated George Mason’s student better with history lessons as to what has led to such attacks in the past. “Never forget” does not mean that we assume that the Holocaust will never happen again. This means that we all do our best to oppose this vigilance in a big and small way. Following the outbreak of violence in Gaza this spring, there has been a disturbing trend of attacks on any and all Jews in both Europe and the United States as a surrogate for Israel, regardless of their nationality. The way to reverse this trend is not to justify it as some kind of personal truth, then issue a “clear” statement to your communication team. It is to reject personal and vaguely false accusations, and to forcefully defend America’s alliance with the Jewish state.
Victoria Coates is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and a former Deputy National Security Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa on National Security Council staff. Republicans represent the 21st Congressional District of Chippewa, Texas.
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