(LibertySociety.com) – Protestors have begun behaving more erratically in recent weeks, following the Hamas terrorist attack against Israel. On October 18, anti-Israel protestors made their way into the Cannon Rotunda at the United States Capitol shortly after listening to a fiery speech by Palestinian-American Michigan Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib. Some protestors were arrested in the Capitol that day, but Democratic lawmakers have remained largely silent about the incident. Just two weeks later, on November 4, protestors in some of the nation’s largest cities took to the streets to call for a ceasefire. Reports of vandalism and trespassing circulated on social media, but only one person was arrested.
Videos of the protest showed red paint splashed on the fence surrounding the White House and Palestinian flags were attached to some statues, including one of President Andrew Jackson. Another protestor put a keffiyeh, a type of Middle Eastern head scarf, on a statue of Benjamin Franklin. The protestors repeated pro-Hamas phrases, including “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” which has been clearly defined as the elimination of Jews and the Jewish state. They also directed chants at President Biden, claiming that he is supporting genocide by not calling for a ceasefire.
President Biden has recently suggested a “humanitarian pause” to allow for aid to be delivered and foreign nationals to escape the dangerous conditions in the area. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently responded to calls for a ceasefire with a powerful message. He implied that the West was being hypocritical when calling for Israel the ceasefire, invoking the United States’ response to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. Netanyahu also said that nothing would be negotiated until Hamas released the hostages they took on the day of the attack. Around 1,400 people were killed in the attack, and Gaza’s Hamas-controlled health ministry has claimed that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have killed over 9,000 since declaring war. On November 7, Netanyahu advised people to move to the south of the country after forces entered “the heart of Gaza City.”
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