Kamala Harris becoming the first female US vice president elect may be garnering her millions of supporters worldwide including many Muslims who think of her a far left-leaning politician who will be ‘good for them’.
However, Harris’s stance when it comes to Israel is definitely not one which Muslims (or for that matter any person believing in justice and equality) will like.
She made it clear during a speech she delivered at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference.
In it, Harris said she supported US providing Israel 38 billions dollars over the next decade in military aid.
“…America’s support for Israel must be rock-solid. And as Iran continues to launch ballistic missiles while it arms and funds its terrorist proxy Hezbollah, we must stand with Israel. As Hamas maintains its control of Gaza and fires rockets across Israel’s southern border, we must stand with Israel…,” she said during the speech ending her sentences with ‘We must stand with Israel.’
Watch full video of the speech here
The vice president elect’s record on the Jewish state indicates that she may be even more hawkish than Joe Biden, who has sought throughout the campaign to differentiate himself from the progressive wing of the Democratic party.
Harris has only been on the national stage since 2017, but the stances she has taken in her three years as Senator place her rather squarely in the traditional pro-Israel camp of her party.
The first resolution she co-sponsored as a senator was one effectively condemning the Obama-Biden administration’s decision to abstain on a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
“So having grown up in the Bay Area, I fondly remember those Jewish National Fund boxes that we would use to collect donations to plant trees for Israel,” she said later on in the speech referencing JNF, whose sister group in Israel KKL-JNF has been embroiled in legal battles to evict Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem.
That address was just one of three times Harris spoke at AIPAC, which has fallen out of favor with a growing number of Democrats. More of them tend to prefer the progressive lobby J Street, which believes pressuring the parties is necessary to start peace talks.
How about this reason: More and more Muslims realize that Israel is not an enemy but a friend and ally! The UAE and Bahrain, and now Sudan, have come to this realization. We continue to hold out our hands in peace, hoping additional Arab countries will join us.
Hello Avi, I haven’t come across such Muslims. When I watch documentaries or watch the news concerning the Palestinians’ being forced to hand over their family homes to Israelis, there is certainly no sign that friendship is present. I wonder if the Muslims that you are referring to are less concerned about their religion than they are with money and power? Why is Israel so concerned with growing its population when it can only accommodate them by taking other people’s lands and buildings? On a slightly separate note, what do you think would happen if Israeli passport holders were restricted to only being allowed single citizenship? Do you think that peace and reconciliation would happen more organically and peacefully? I grew up in Ireland and with our long history of being colonised by outsiders, we are sympathetic to others experiencing the same. Thanks!
What is recgonised is that Palestinians have enemies within (Saudi Arabia, Sudan, UAE…etc) and externally (Israel) which need to be banished from the comity of nations. The Arab states rulers rely for their existence on the USA, thus they are selling their integrity down the drain.
First a question, why is being a Zionist a sin and second Israel has many friends in the Arab world, those who live in the middle east perhaps have a better understanding of the complexities of the situation then those who don’t and see everything as black and white
The government of Israel is supplying drones and technology to Azerbaijan and Turkey to target and kill Armenians and wipe them out of existence in Artsakh/Ngorno Karabakh. Why? Why are you killing Armenians?
How can there ever be peace in an apartheid state that illegally occupies Palestine, terrorizes Palestinians, evicts and steals their homes – simply because they are not Jewish? Zionism is racism. Harris is just another sellout, or a slave to her Zionist husband.
Those people who support israel must think: one day another murdering people comes to your country and kill your peolle everyday and demllishes your houses. And those murderers don’t care what the UN says
You stand with israel…
But Allah with palestinians…