Pro-Palestinian protesters invade the US Capitol as hundreds demand a ceasefire between Hamas terrorists in Gaza and Israel.
The protest comes a day after a bombing of a hospital in Gaza killed hundreds of Palestinians.
The demonstrators, dressed in black shirts reading “JEWS SAY CEASEFIRE NOW” and “NOT IN OUR NAME,” took over the large rotunda of the Cannon House office building.
Protesters held signs with messages such as “LET GAZA LIVE” and “Mourn the dead and fight like hell for the living.”
Capitol Police made 300 arrests as the group became increasingly loud and disruptive with chants and chants.
They cut off public access to the Capitol complex as swarms of angry Palestinian defenders flooded the Cannon Building.
“Jews say ceasefire now,” reads the shirts on the backs of protesters
Capitol Police said of the mass arrests: “We warned protesters to stop demonstrating and when they did not obey, we began arresting them.
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Some Democrats have claimed that Israel committed a war crime by intentionally targeting a hospital — a claim the Israel Defense Forces has categorically denied.
The Defense Department said it believed it was ‘highly unlikely’ that Israeli forces were behind the explosion that killed hundreds at Gaza hospital – and President Biden suggested the same thing during a trip to Israel.
“I’m not saying they intended to do it… they need to learn to shoot straight,” he told reporters.
The blast threw Biden’s trip to the Middle East into chaos: A planned meeting in Amman, the Jordanian capital, with Jordan’s king and the presidents of Egypt and Palestine was canceled following the deadly airstrike.
Pro-Palestinian protesters invade US Capitol
People demonstrate as they take part in civil disobedience and a demonstration calling for a ceasefire in Gaza
Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), claimed that they had conclusive evidence that Israel was not behind the strike – but this evidence has not yet been published. He shared a video of what he said could be the missile strike.
Progressive Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Israeli leaders have already lied about their actions after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured his government was not behind the bombing of the Palestinian hospital.
She addressed the group in a tearful speech before heading to the Capitol.
“A lot of people won’t forget this!” It’s not a threat, it’s not!
“(We) just continue to watch people think it’s OK to bomb a hospital with children.” You know, what’s so hard sometimes is watching these videos and people telling the kids not to cry,” Tlaib said, choking up in front of the crowd.
A long line of detained protesters wait to board police vans as demonstrators take part in civil disobedience and a demonstration calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States United, October 18.
Police arrest a protester from the campaign group “Jewish Voices for Peace” during a demonstration inside the Cannon Building of the US Capitol
Police arrest more protesters
A protester continues to blow a shofar horn as she is seized and detained by several U.S. Capitol police officers during a civil disobedience action.
Rep. Brandon Williams, R-N.Y., waves an Israeli flag over pro-Palestinian protesters
People protest outside the Cannon House office building
Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces released a recording it claimed to have intercepted from two Hamas officials.
“They say it belongs to Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” a Hamas official said.
“Is this coming from us?” » asked the other official.
“It looks like it!” »
‘Who says that?’
“They say the shrapnel from the missile is local shrapnel and not Israeli,” the first official said.
“But God bless you, couldn’t he have found somewhere else to explode?”
“They pulled him from the cemetery behind the hospital.”
Israel’s enemies – Hamas, PIJ, Hezbollah and Iran – all insist the IDF was behind the devastation, with Tehran declaring last night that “time is up” for the country and Hezbollah calling for “a day of rage”.
Hamas slammed the evidence provided by the Israeli military, calling it false and saying its “outrageous lies fool no one” in comments this afternoon, hours after an Islamic Jihad spokesman accused the IDF of “attempting to cover up the horrific crime and massacre they committed against civilians.” .’
Palestinian officials said at least 471 people were killed in the blast and more than 300 injured, some in critical condition.
Meanwhile, during a last-minute trip to Israel, Biden condemned Hamas terrorists, who massacred 1,300 Israelis in a surprise attack on October 7, as worse than ISIS.
“Hamas has committed atrocities that make ISIS look more rational,” Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.