Pro-Palestinian demonstrators descend on DC, vandalize White House gate

November 5, 2023

As tensions continue to escalate amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, throngs of pro-Palestinian demonstrators took to the streets of Washington, D.C. on Saturday, bringing their frustrations -- as well as acts of vandalism -- right up to the gates of the White House, as Fox News reports.

Protestors accused President Joe Biden of complicity in genocide, via shouted words as well as by the placards they carried, while also reiterating demands for a ceasefire in the region.

Incendiary proclamations

Vehement in their stance on the current hostilities in the Middle East, those participating in Saturday's events were heard chanting things such as “Allahu akbar” and “F**k Joe Biden,” who they believe is unjustly siding with Israel in the conflict, as the New York Post noted.

Also heard emanating from the crowd was the highly controversial refrain “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a phrase viewed by many as an antisemitic call for the eradication of all Jews from the contested region.

Chants of “Long live the Intifada” wafted up from the masses, referencing prior Palestinian uprisings against Israel.

Though some reports pegged the crowd size at roughly 100,000 demonstrators, that figure went unconfirmed by the D.C. Metropolitan Police, with the agency explaining to the Post that it does not make crowd size estimates.

Vandalism ensues

Unfortunately, the pro-Palestinian protestors did not confine their expressions of anger to mere words, as a number of individuals were seen using their hands to smear red paint on a White House gate, presumably to symbolically depict bloodshed stemming from the conflict.

Another individual was seen scaling the security fence surrounding the Whtie House in order to display a Palestinian flag.

Nearby Lafayette Park was also the scene of destructive behavior, with protestors covering a statute of General Marquis de Lafayette with Palestinian flags as well as graffiti, as Fox News noted.

A reporter for the Post opined that the event was like nothing he had seen before, adding that it was “remarkable that it ended peacefully.” Given the presence of numerous families within the agitated group, he added, “it could have been bad.”

Far-left rhetoric escalates

Sentiments among Saturday's protestors are arguably being fueled, at least in part, by recent statements by members of the far-left “Squad,” who have endorsed the use of terms such as “genocide” to describe Israel's response to the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas.

Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has never made a secret of her antipathy toward the Jewish state, on Saturday blasted the current administration's stated support for Israel by saying, “U.S. policy is essentially that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has no achievable goals in Gaza and a ground invasion risks regional war, including potential US troops. And we also should give him $14 billion in weapons with no restrictions and say there are no red lines as he bombs refugee camps.”

Those words came close on the heels of proclamations from fellow Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who also accused the administration of complicity in “genocide” and stated, “Mr. President, the American people are not with you on this one.”

Sending a shot across the bow ahead of the approaching presidential campaign season, Tlaib said, “Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people. The American people won't forget. Biden, support a ceasefire now. Or don't count on us in 2024,” but whether that threat succeeds in further shifting the Whtie House away from Netanyahu after its recent endorsement of a “pause” in hostilities, only time will tell.

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