The stepdaughter of the US Vice President Kamala Harris publicly collects money for the Gaza Strip, the New York Post reported.
24-year-old Ella Emhoff, whose father Doug Emhoff is Jewish, linked to her personal Instagram profile a message to raise funds “in support of emergency aid for the children of Gaza.” Ella has 315 thousand followers on this social network.
The post made no mention of the dozens of Israeli children who were among the 1,400 innocent Israelis killed by Hamas terrorists on October 7, the New York Post noted.
The fundraising campaign, which has raised more than $7.8 million to date, was initiated by the Palestine Children’s Fund, a Kent, Ohio-based nonprofit that raised more than $21 million in 2021 .dollars.
It’s unclear how much, if anything, Ella Emhoff personally donated to the cause, the New York Post points out.
“This is of great concern and I find it disgusting,” responded Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew. “To be honest with you, I’m amazed by it,” he said.
Van Drew, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said it was almost certain that Hamas would be able to take advantage of all the money, even humanitarian money, going into Gaza.
Ella Emhoff explicitly emphasizes to reporters that she does not consider herself Jewish.
“Ella is not Jewish,” her rep pointed out in 2021. “It’s not something she grew up with. Ella really has no qualms about the faith, she doesn’t want to speak for Judaism,” he commented.
Emhoff, whose biological mother is film producer Kerstin Emhoff, is a model and appeared bare-chested at New York Fashion Week, the New York Post reported.
Last month, US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, announced he would send $100 million in “humanitarian aid” to the Palestinians, prompting a swift backlash from Republicans. Former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum condemned the idea, BTA reported.
Emhoff representatives did not immediately respond to The New York Post’s request for comment.