Kamala Harris’ niece Meena stands by Palestinians, says neutrality is akin to oppression

Meena Harris, the niece of Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris, posted an Instagram image announcing “I stand in solidarity” with Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The escalating conflict between Palestine and Israel has resulted in the eviction of Palestinian families from the neighborhood.

“You cannot advocate for racial equality, LGBT and women’s rights, condemn corrupt and abusive regimes and other injustices, but choose to ignore Palestinian oppression,” Meena’s image said. Harris. “It doesn’t add up. You can’t pick the human rights that matter most.”

In the caption of the image, Meena Harris wrote: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the oppressor’s side. I stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah.”

Meena Harris’ message of solidarity differs from recent messages of support her aunt and Democratic President Joe Biden have pledged to Israel’s top leader.

In Kamala Harris‘ first-ever telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, Harris “stressed the importance of advancing peace, security and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians,” the White House said . Kamala Harris promised the Prime Minister “the unwavering commitment of the United States to the security of Israel.”

Kamala Harris and Netanyahu also discussed on Wednesday the decision of the International Criminal Court to investigate war crimes in the Palestinian territories, according to The National, an information publication on the Middle East. The United States and Israel have both rejected the investigation, saying the ICC has no jurisdiction since neither the American nor Israeli governments recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

Meena Harris, niece of Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris, posted an image on Instagram saying she “stands in solidarity” with Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in Jerusalem. In this screenshot from the DNCC’s live broadcast of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Meena Harris addresses the virtual convention on August 19, 2020.
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However, Meena Harris’s commitment to solidarity with the Palestinians aligns more with the left-wing progressives of the Democratic Party.

As the violence escalated Tuesday, Democratic Representative of Minnesota Ilhan Omar criticized State Department spokesman Ned Price as “devoid of empathy and concern for human suffering.” During a press briefing on Tuesday, Price dodged questions about the victims of Palestinian children and the country’s right to self-defense.

“He cannot even condemn the murder of children,” Omar said. She subsequently signed a joint statement calling on the United States to provide Israel with more than $ 3 billion in military aid a year “without conditions or accountability for human rights violations and continued illegal seizures of Palestinian lands, “the statement said.

“It is high time we finally acted to protect the human rights of Palestinians and save lives,” he concluded.

In a Wednesday tweet, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote: “The United States must immediately work with our partners to stop the Hamas rocket attacks and Israel’s airstrikes, and then get down to work to end the illegal expansion of settlements and the impending forced withdrawal of Palestinian families from E. Jerusalem and bring about a two-state solution. “

Independent Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “I am extremely concerned about the growing conflict in Israel and Palestine. Once again we see how the irresponsible actions of right-wing extremists allied to the government in Jerusalem can quickly escalate into a devastating war. “

He added: “The United States must call for an immediate ceasefire and an end to provocative and illegal settlement activity. And we must also re-engage in working with the Israelis and the Palestinians to bring about an end to provocative and illegal settlement activity. end to this conflict. “

Newsweek contacted Meena Harris’s editor for comment.

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