Kamala Harris Knows What Neither White Man Knows, Yet She Supports Zionism!
“So, what do we do? I don’t want 4 more years of Trump and even Bernie didn’t have a flawless record on Palestine…”
The above was a comment on the following interjection I had posted on Facebook directly upon hearing the announcement naming Kamala Harris as Biden’s running mate:
“Yuck! Not that Biden himself is anything to write home about.”
For those of us voting for Biden practically with a nose-peg, as an uninspiring Democratic Party figurehead holding the fort merely to oust Trump, we know perfectly well that after Trump and Biden are out of the way, it is Kamala Harris, the “safe choice,” the loyal soldier, who will be the Party’s choice to run for president.
Steven Salaita expressed exactly how I felt:
Look, I’m not gonna tell you how to vote. That’s not my style. I believe everyone ought to participate in the system, or reject the system, as befits their conscience. But if you expect me to keep quiet about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s longtime hostility to the Palestinian people in order to mitigate discomfort with the Democratic ticket, then I won’t be able to oblige. Silence about ethnic cleansing is a sacrifice much greater than any principle an American might compromise in order to arrive at a voting decision.
After Joe Biden picked Harris as his running mate, The Electronic Intifada suddenly had a spike in hits on an article from July 2019 titled ‘Kamala Harris supports segregation by supporting Israel,’ written by Ali Abunimah, journalist and founder of the Electronic Intifada
Abunimah writes about Harris’ professed hurt feelings in reaction to Biden’s “talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.”
In other words, Harris was offended by Biden’s praise for “racists and history of opposition to busing — a policy to integrate segregated schools.”
He continues: “But whatever her record in the US, Harris’ support for freedom, civil rights and equality does not extend to one group of people systematically and violently denied them: Palestinians.”
Both Republican and Democratic politicians often lie about the issues they criticize each other for. When it comes to implementation, they replicate the very issues they criticize. They criticize policies or actions they once supported and vice versa. It’s politics as usual. And yet both parties have long been remarkably and maddeningly consistent on the issue of Palestine. It’s an issue that does not even impinge on their consciousness as an issue. The issue, to them, is support for Israel and they accept Palestinian erasure and apartheid as a matter of course.
By piercing the national security framework hiding the Palestinian struggle, Black-Palestinian solidarity has revealed to the American people the racial nature of Palestinian struggle. At the same time, it has brought into view the anti-colonial nature of the Black freedom struggle in the US. (See Noura Erekat’s ‘Extrajudicial Executions from the United States to Palestine’.)
No matter what else Trump is, at least he is not a hypocrite on the issue of Palestine, and neither is Biden. By that I mean neither white man knows the truth about racism the way Harris, who is of African American and Asian American descent, does, by virtue of her ethnic background.
That’s why I am outraged by her hypocrisy. And by the fact that if Biden wins the election and if she runs for the presidency in 2024, she will have deprived me, like her predecessor Hilary Clinton, from rejoicing in the campaign of a woman running for such a high office.
In Harris, there is no hope for a progressive future in American politics on race or Palestine.
A friend wrote:
Kamala Harris has a horrible record, going back to her first elected position as San Francisco’s DA, and especially as California’s Attorney General. That she is a rabid zionist is certainly not surprising. Her entire career consists of selling out to the bidder who most advances her career. Her few “progressive” positions never threaten this.
My friends in California are aghast, but mostly not surprised that Biden chose her.
I am already thinking of who could run against Kamala Harris in the 2024 presidential elections.
Rima Najjar is a Palestinian whose father’s side of the family comes from the forcibly depopulated village of Lifta on the western outskirts of Jerusalem and whose mother’s side of the family is from Ijzim, south of Haifa. She is an activist, researcher and retired professor of English literature, Al-Quds University, occupied West Bank.