Thousands Slam President Joe Biden at Pro-Palestinian March in Washington, D.C.

Thousands of protesters in the U.S. capital over the weekend called for a cease-fire in Gaza amidst Israel’s bombing campaign, with several slamming President Joe Biden’s support for Washington’s top ally in the Middle East.

“The language that President Biden and his party understands is the language of votes in the 2023 elections, and our message is: “No cease-fire, no votes,” said Nihad Awad, Council on American-Islamic Relations National Director to his followers in a speech at the protest, reported The Guardian.

“No votes in Michigan, no votes in Arizona, no votes in Georgia, no votes in Nevada, no votes in Wisconsin, no votes in Pennsylvania,” said Awad.

Demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and wore the traditional keffiyeh scarf at the rally, the largest protest in Washington since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas conflict on October 7.

“Free, free Palestine,” and “End the siege on Gaza now,” shouted the protesters.

Other slogans targeted the president: “Biden, Biden, you can’t hide, you signed off on genocide,” and “We say no, Genocide, Joe.”

According to protester Amanda Eisenhour of Virginia, “It is unacceptable to allow for the loss of so many innocent lives, and we cannot consider this a proportional conflict. This is a massacre, a genocide…a stain on our history, and I cannot accept as a citizen that my taxes are funding this.”

Later at the demonstration, a New York Post reporter posted a video on X, formerly known as Twitter, of protesters pounding on the gate of the northwest entrance of the White House with what was reported to be red paint on the sides of the entrance.

Another demonstrator, Jasmine Iman from New York, said she will not vote for Biden in next year’s presidential election because of his steadfast support for Israel. 

“We will not vote for the Democratic Party,” said Iman. “We will make sure that everyone we know knows not to vote for the Democratic Party because of (Gaza).”

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If the election ends up between Trump and Biden, “I’ll sit it out,” said Iman.

Fighting continues to rage in Gaza over the weekend since Hamas terrorists stormed across the Israeli border on October 7 and killed more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped over 240 others.

Since the attacks, Israel has sent in ground troops and relentlessly bombarded the Gaza Strip. The health ministry in the Palestinian territory, controlled by Hamas, says 9,488 people have been killed.