Johnson calls for federal employees involved in pro-Palestinian walkout be fired

 January 15, 2024

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), has stated that federal employees who participate in a planned walkout in protest of the Israel policy implemented by the Biden administration should be terminated.

In a response to a story about the planned walkout, which is anticipated to take place on Tuesday, Johnson made a promise to work with House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) to ensure that federal agencies initiate "appropriate disciplinary proceedings" against all participants, as The Washington Examiner reported.

This promise was made in a post that Johnson made on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Any government worker who walks off the job to protest U.S. support for our ally Israel is ignoring their responsibility and abusing the trust of taxpayers. They deserve to be fired,” Johnson said.

“Oversight Chairman Comer and I will be working together to ensure that each federal agency initiates appropriate disciplinary proceedings against any person who walks out on their job.”

Walkout Plans

The planned walkout, which is being organized by a group that calls itself Feds United for Peace, has informed Al-Monitor that it is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 16, which will mark 101 days since the commencement of the civil war in Gaza.

It is said that employees from twenty-two different federal agencies, such as the Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security, will be participating in the event.

Those in charge of organizing the event have stated that they anticipate hundreds of employees to take part.

This information comes on the wake of the United States Secret Service getting orders that there was to be a temporary evacuation of non-essential White House personnel on Saturday, before the conclusion of a large-scale protest in Washington against the war in Gaza, according to journalists who were evacuated.

Additional Protests

A large number of protesters gathered in the area surrounding the presidential palace to voice their opposition to the bombings that took place in the eastern Gaza Strip.

It should be noted, however, that President Joe Biden was not present in the White House but rather at the presidential retreat held at Camp David in Maryland.

As a result of the demonstration that demanded a ceasefire in the conflict and an end to the United States' support for Israel, the temporary fences that surrounded the White House were reported to have sustained significant damage by the media.

According to those who were responsible for organizing the demonstrations, it was anticipated that approximately 25,000 individuals would have participated in the demonstrations.

More than 23,000 individuals have been killed in the Gaza Strip as a result of the conflict with Israel following Hamas's invasion of the country on Oct. 7.

Additionally, more than 1.9 million people, which accounts for 85 percent of the district's population, have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the counter-invasion.

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