Clinton Slams Young Pro-Hamas Protesters

(ReliableNews.org) – Hillary Clinton has a lot of experience with Middle Eastern politics. She served as a senator, secretary of State, and as first lady. She’s now facing criticism for her remarks about college protesters.

During a May 9 appearance on “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough asked Clinton about the pro-Palestine protesters at the universities, including Columbia, where she’s a professor. The former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said she’d spoken to many young people over the last several months and doesn’t think they “know very much at all about the history of the Middle East.” She said they don’t even know much about their own country either.

Clinton gave an example, mentioning the 2000 Camp David Summit where her husband, then-President Bill Clinton, tried to broker a two-state solution between the then-Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat and the Israeli government. She pointed out that Arafat refused to agree to the deal. Had he signed on, she pointed out that Palestine would have existed as a state for decades at this point.

The former secretary also claimed students are falling prey to pro-Hamas propaganda on social media platforms like TikTok. She explained that they are consuming information often void of “any kind of context” and feeds a narrative.

“Propaganda is not education,” Clinton said.

On May 12, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) criticized Clinton during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” He said he thought her remarks “were quite dismissive.” He explained that young people have a lot of “concerns about the awful humanitarian crisis” taking place in the Gaza Strip right now.

Osamah F. Khalil, a Middle East expert and history professor at Syracuse University, told The New York Times that the example Clinton gave, ironically, lacked context. He said she didn’t mention that before the Camp David Summit, Arafat warned President Clinton that “the two sides were not ready.” He went on to say that Clinton was wrong to blame Palestinians for the failure to reach a solution because “[d]iplomacy is not a one-time mattress sale.” Further, like Van Hollen, he believes she wasn’t giving the students due credit.

Clinton has not responded to the criticism.

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