Deutch and his office did not respond to a request for comment. But the source said it was “fair to say that the caring group of Democrats in the House noticed and talked about it”. Harris’ office also called Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, on Thursday afternoon, the source said.
The Harris incident came on Wednesday when a student attending an event with the Vice President to promote suffrage said Israel was conducting “ethnic genocide” in Palestine and that the US was ignoring protests despite Harris being over had discussed the power to demonstrate. Harris replied, “Your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth cannot be suppressed and must be heard.”
Israeli news agencies responded to the comments. “VP Harris to a student who accused Israel of ‘genocide’: your truth needs to be heard,” read the headline in The Jerusalem Post. The times of Israel also rang the doorbell: “Kamala Harris does not reject the US student’s ‘ethnic genocide’ claim against Israel.”
Mellman quoted Harris senior officials as assuring them that the Vice President “strongly contradicts the George Mason student’s characterization of Israel.”
Mellman also signaled that he wanted to move on from the dust-up, saying, “The Biden-Harris administration, as well as President Biden and Vice-President Harris himself, have exemplary pro-Israeli records for which we are immensely grateful.”
This is a developing story.