Kamala Harris's niece Meena mocked for asking LGBTQ community to support Palestine, where homosexuality is illegal
Kamala Harris' niece is in the hot water again, soon after ruffling feathers at the White House for using her aunt's name and likeness to sell products. Meena Harris, on Wednesday, May 12, shared a post on her Instagram page commenting on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza. In her post, she called people who support LGBT rights and women's rights to come forward to combat 'Palestinian oppression.'
She said, "One cannot advocate for racial equality, LGBT & women's rights, condemn corrupt and abusive regimes and other injustices yet choose to ignore the Palestinian oppression." She then added, "It does not add up. You cannot pick and choose whose human rights matter more."
The 36-year-old lawyer and businesswoman received heavy backlash for her post. Most comments were directed at how she was unaware of the political situation surrounding the conflict and what was happening in Gaza.
One of the things that critics have blamed her for 'not knowing' was that Gaza was extremely stringent in enforcing its anti-LGBTQIA+ laws. Hamas, the Palestine rulers of Gaza, have criminalized homosexuality and the punishment can last up to 10 years in prison. Honor killings are also rampant in the conservative regime.
One of the people who were quick to respond to the comment by Meena Harris was Meghan McCain who tweeted out, "Can someone find out if Vice President Harris agrees with her niece?" Another user on Twitter wrote, "@meenaharris LGBTs have more rights in Israel than in most or all Middle Eastern counties. If you are going to pop off on a topic, be more informed than @KamalaHarris."
Can someone find out if Vice President Harris agrees with her niece?— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 13, 2021
Harris's niece urges fight against 'Palestinian oppression' - despite gays in Gaza being imprisoned https://t.co/W1ouUbhFFX
A third person commented, "Harris's niece urges fight against 'Palestinian oppression' MORE STUPIDITY." Another shared, "They truly are that dam stupid, its astounding."
One tweet laid out the facts, saying, "Kamala Harris's niece, Meena, posted: 'One cannot advocate for racial equality, LGBT & women's rights, condemn corrupt & abusive regimes and choose to ignore Palestinian oppression.' She ignored the fact that Hamas is a corrupt abusive regime that criminalized homosexuality."
Yet another critic asked her to "please know full history before giving explanation," criticizing her for having "jumped on bandwagon possibly too quick"
Harris's niece urges fight against 'Palestinian oppression'— dee (@Dorrie027) May 13, 2021
MORE STUPIDITY🙄 https://t.co/UUIcD62uwL
Kamala Harris's niece, Meena, posted:— Dan (@DanFined) May 13, 2021
'One cannot advocate for racial equality, LGBT & women's rights, condemn corrupt & abusive regimes and choose to ignore Palestinian oppression.'
She ignored the fact that Hamas is a corrupt abusive regime that criminalized homosexuality.
Meena Harris please know full history before giving explanation to others con— elizabeth (@elizabe32184838) May 13, 2021
Israel - Palestine oppressions
Jumped on bandwagon possibly too quick w info pic.twitter.com/kWhJ3n58O7
Palestine leader Mahmoud Abbas postponed the parliamentary and presidential elections that were supposed to take place for the first time since 2006. Amnesty International has accused the Palestinian ruler of attempting to 'crack down on dissent' and said, "Security forces in both areas used unnecessary and/or excessive force during law enforcement activities, including when imposing lockdown measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic," and added, "Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees were committed with impunity."
Amnesty International also revealed how bad things were for women and the LGBTQIA+ community. It stated: "Women faced discrimination and violence, including killings as a result of gender-based violence. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people continued to face discrimination and lacked protection."
West Bank, which is ruled by Fatah, is a secular rival of Hamas and in this territory, being gay is not criminalized. However, it is still highly frowned upon. Amnesty said about West Bank, "In the West Bank, authorities made widespread use of administrative detention without charge or trial. In Gaza, civilians continued to be tried before military courts. Courts in Gaza handed down death sentences."