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A furious mob descended on President Joe Biden’s White House, and they had a frightening message for him.
The massive protest happened on Friday as the crowd accused Israel of “genocide” against Palestinians and accused the president of being complicit.
NewsNation reporter Kellie Meyer captured a photo of the protests and shared t on X, formerly Twitter, and described what the crowd was doing.
“A large pro Palestine protest grows outside the White House, as President Biden is scheduled to leave the White House at 4:40 pm Et for a campaign reception in DC. Calls of ‘shame on you,’” she said.
The group was chanting “Biden, Biden you can’t hide. We charge you with genocide!” as the president’s motorcade left the White House for a reception, reporter Virginia Allen said.
Other reporters shared videos of the protest, which was peaceful but massive, and it was not the first this past week.
Israeli’s war against Hamas continued to divide Americans on Monday, as more than 30 people were arrested following a protest at the White House.
The demonstrations were led by Jewish groups, specifically the IfNotNow Movement and Jewish Voice for Peace groups, according to ABC 7 News.
“Protesters were seen wearing articles of Jewish religious clothing and holding signs citing their Jewish faith as a reason to oppose the war. Demonstrators were arrested by Secret Service agents, who told the outlet the arrests were due to them crossing safety barriers or blocking entrances near the White House,” the Washington Examiner reported, citing the local ABC outlet.
The reports said that the IfNotNow Movement publicized the protest ahead of time, and demonstrators met at Farragut Square around noon. The demonstration was billed as one to “Stop Genocide of Palestinians.” The organization describes itself as “a movement of American Jews organizing our community to end U.S. support for Israel’s apartheid system and demand equality, justice, and a thriving future for all Palestinians and Israelis.”
“With every passing day, hour, and minute, the Israeli military is making good on its promise to ‘open the gates of hell’ on the 2 million Palestinians trapped under Israeli siege in Gaza,” said a notice from the Jewish Voice for Peace group, per the Examiner.
“The loss of life over the last week has been staggering — almost too big to hold. But we must act now because the Israeli government is plowing forward toward a fully genocidal attack on Palestinians in Gaza. We must demand a ceasefire now,” the notice continued, the outlet reported.
The Biden White House and most members of Congress have pledged support for Israel, the United States’ principal ally in the Middle East, following a surprise attack by the Iran-backed terrorist group Hamas earlier this month.
The attack began with the launch of thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel and included Hamas fighters invading Israeli communities near the Gaza border, slaughtering hundreds of unarmed men, women, and children. More than 1,100 Israelis have been killed so far, according to various reports.
Israeli declared war on Hamas shortly after the attacks, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to wipe out Hamas as an organization.
President Joe Biden addressed the attacks last week shortly after they began.
“You know, there are moments in this life — and I mean this literally — when the pure, unadulterated evil is unleashed on this world,” he said. “The people of Israel lived through one such moment this weekend. The bloody hands of the terrorist organization Hamas — a group whose stated purpose for being is to kill Jews.
“This was an act of sheer evil,” he continued. “More than 1,000 civilians slaughtered — not just killed, slaughtered — in Israel. Among them, at least 14 American citizens killed. Parents butchered using their bodies to try to protect their children. Stomach-turning reports of being — babies being killed. Entire families slain. Young people massacred while attending a musical festival to celebrate peace — to celebrate peace. Women raped, assaulted, paraded as trophies.”