Anti-Israel Protesters Occupy New York Senator’s Office, Demand Immediate Ceasefire
Anti-Israel demonstrators took over the a sitting U.S. Senator’s office on Thursday and demanded that the nation agree to broker an immediate ceasefire in Israel’s war with Hamas.
“Genocide Gillibrand has got to go,” the protestors chanted after occupying the senator’s office.
Anti-Israel protesters occupy Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office chanting “Genocide Gillibrand has got to go” pic.twitter.com/jdNZlTKXh8
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“Rise up for Palestine,” they also chanted.
Political commentator @amuse compared the sit-in to the infamous J6 “insurrection” where in addition to violent rioters, numerous peaceful protesters paraded around the capitol without a permit and took over then Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
Insurrection: Hamas supporters occupied Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Capitol office longer than the J6 protesters – are any of them in jail? pic.twitter.com/AtEW3LToJa
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“Insurrection: Hamas supporters occupied Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Capitol office longer than the J6 protesters – are any of them in jail?” he remarked.
But the anti-Israel protesters felt emboldened to disregard the example made to J6 protesters and to trample on laws against occupying federal offices.
“Hey, we’re not going anywhere,” one man said during the sit-in.
The protesters also pressed for a ceasefire to end Israel’s retaliation for a deadly assault on its civilians on October 7.
“Veterans demand a ceasefire. Veterans demand H. Res 786,” one of the protester’s signs read.
H.R. 786 is a proposed House Resolution for an “immediate deescalation and cease-fire in Israel and occupied Palestine.”
The proposed resolution “urges the Biden administration to immediately call for and facilitate deescalation and a cease-fire to urgently end the current violence; and calls upon the Biden administration to promptly send and facilitate the entry of humanitarian assistance into Gaza.”
Gillibrand, who is part Ashkenazi Jewish by ethnicity, has been a frequent target of the anti-Israel protesters. In October over 100 people calling for a ceasefire were arrested outside of her New York City office.
Gillibrand backed military assistance to Israel, including the resupply of Iron Dome air defense system missiles, after Hamas’ horrific attack in October.
“I strongly condemn the unprovoked terrorist attack launched by Hamas and stand shoulder to shoulder with the Israeli people,” Gillibrand said. “My heart goes out to the people of Israel whose lives have been torn apart by these savage acts of brutality. Throughout my career, I have worked with my colleagues in Congress to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars for Israel’s defense systems, and now that work will be more critical than ever.”
“Today, I’m calling for more funding and resources to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome and for evacuation flights out of Israel to help Americans return home,” she continued. “I’m also calling on the Biden administration to swiftly deliver to Congress any supplemental funding requests to aid Israel. I’m also fighting to increase funding for at-risk non-profit institutions, including synagogues, to make security enhancements that will allow New Yorkers to gather safely. This is a moment to come together in unity and show the world that we are unwavering in our stance against antisemitism and hate.”
Almost half of Democrats disapprove of Biden’s response to Israel-Hamas war, according a new AP-NORC poll.
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