Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen rips Hillary Clinton’s ‘dismissive’ criticism of anti-Israel protesters

Sen. Chris Van Hollen on Sunday dinged Hillary Clinton for being “fairly dismissive” in current feedback questioning the information and perspective of anti-Israeli protesters who’ve stormed school campuses throughout the nation.

Final week, Clinton went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and derided among the protesters saying they “don’t know very a lot in any respect concerning the historical past of the Center East or frankly about historical past in lots of areas of the world.”

Van Hollen (D-Md.) contended that lots of the scholar demonstrators had authentic considerations concerning the Israel-Hamas warfare unfolding half a world away.

“I believed…that Secretary Clinton’s feedback, in that regard, had been fairly dismissive of scholars’ considerations concerning the terrible humanitarian disaster and excessive civilian loss of life toll in Gaza,” Van Hollen instructed CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Chris Van Hollen mentioned that Hillary Clinton’s remarks concerning the anti-Israel protesters had been “dismissive.” AP

“I consider that the nice majority of the scholars are protesting, are following very carefully what’s occurring in Gaza,” he went on. “They see what’s a really excessive civilian loss of life toll.”

Clinton defined that she has “had many conversations” with youthful folks over the previous seven months for the reason that warfare erupted within the wake of the Oct. 7, 2023 Hamas assault that killed an estimated 1,200 Israelis.

She then underscored her husband, former President Invoice Clinton’s efforts for a breakthrough in a two-state answer within the Nineties.

Hillary Clinton argued that the Israeli-Palestinian battle is extra difficult than lots of the scholar protesters have acknowledged. MSNBC

“A proposal was made to the Palestinians for a state on 96% of the present territory occupied by the Palestinians with 4% of Israel to be given to succeed in 100% of the quantity of territory that was hoped for,” she recalled.

However then-Palestinian chief Yasser Arafat rejected that supply.

Hillary Clinton has been a professor of public affairs at Columbia College, which was engulfed by heavy protests, anti-Israel encampments, and the occupation of Hamilton Corridor amid campus strife over the battle.

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Van Hollen additionally burdened that campuses ought to shield college students’ rights to free speech and “ensure that college students really feel secure on campus” in addition to “stamp out antisemitism and hate.”

Earlier within the interview, the Maryland senator defended President Biden’s determination to place a pause on the cargo of two,000-pound bombs to Israel over considerations it’s planning to mount a floor assault on the southern Gazan metropolis of Rafah.

“Keep in mind, the president of the USA warned [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu repeatedly that if there was an all-out invasion in Rafah that the USA would make coverage modifications,” he mentioned.

“Netanyahu has repeatedly ignored the President of the USA, ignored the president’s efforts to attempt to cut back civilian casualties, ignored our efforts to attempt to get extra humanitarian help into Gaza and ignored the precedence of attempting to carry again the hostages.”

Chris Van Hollen sits on the Senate International Relations Committee. REUTERS

Final week, the State Division launched a report that said it’s “cheap to evaluate” Israel violated worldwide humanitarian legislation in Gaza.

Round that point, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley mentioned, “Earlier than we get self-righteous about what Israel is doing,” the US ought to acknowledge that it has fought wars with important civilian loss of life tolls, citing occasions from World Conflict II.

“The USA has not been excellent — removed from excellent. However since World Conflict Two, we’ve adopted many extra measures to attempt to prohibit civilian hurt,” Van Hollen mentioned of Milley’s feedback.

Netanyahu publicly estimated that roughly 16,000 civilians have been killed together with 14,000 terrorists in seven months of combating within the Gaza Strip.

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