After speaking at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to commemorate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Harris took issues from the audience. That's when a female student raised questions about the money the U.S. is giving to Israel and Saudi Arabia.
"I see that over the summer there have been, like, protests and demonstrations in astronomical numbers" about the Palestinian cause, the student said. She went on to stress how "just a few days ago there were funds allocated to continue backing Israel, which hurts my heart because it's ethnic genocide and displacement of people, the same that happened in America, and I'm sure you're aware of this."
The ignorant student went on to claim that the money that would otherwise go to Americans struggling with housing and health care costs goes instead "to inflaming Israel and backing Saudi Arabia and what-not."
Harris replied that she "was glad" the student expressed such concerns and went on to say her opinion should be heard in a democracy.
"And again, this is about the fact that your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth, should not be suppressed and it must be heard, right? And one of the things we're fighting for in a democracy, right?" Harris said.
Harris also asserted that democracy is "at its weakest when anyone is left out" of the conversation.
"Our goal should be unity, but not uniformity, right?" said Harris, later adding, "Unity should never be at the expense of telling anyone personally that, for the sake of unity, ‘Oh, you be quiet about that thing. You suppress that thing. Let’s not deal with that thing.' That's not unity. True unity is everyone in that room has a voice.
"The point that you are making about policy that relates to Middle East policy, foreign policy, we still have healthy debates in our country about what is the right path, and nobody's voice should be suppressed on that," she added.
In his first talk with the United Nations general gathering on Monday, new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made no reference to Israel's decades-long fight with the Palestinians, instead of seeking to portray Iran as a menace to global security.