A group of left-wing, pro-Palestinian protesters vandalized the White House fence with red paint and were seen shaking the gates Saturday night as tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., urging the Biden administration to stop showing support for Israel.
The New York Post reported that the protest in front of the White House also included chants directed against President Joe Biden. The pro-Palestinian protestors reportedly chanted, “Allahu akbar” and “F-ck Joe Biden.”
Social media posts further revealed the General Marquis de Lafayette Statue at Lafayette Park was draped with Palestinian flags and marked with graffiti. Demonstrators repeatedly chanted remarks against President Joe Biden, with some even climbing the White House’s wrought-iron gates, amplifying the protest against Israel.
“Free, free Palestine,” the crowd chanted in unison, as echoes of “Allahu akbar” and calls for a “Cease-fire now!” resonated throughout the evening. The protesters’ demands come in the wake of the ongoing conflict in Gaza after a surprise attack by Hamas terrorists that resulted in thousands of casualties in Israel, mostly civilians.
Despite the size of the protest and the actions of the protesters, the Secret Service reported that the protests were reportedly managed peacefully, according to Fox News.
“Demonstrators are beginning to disperse from the area and the attempted gate trespass from earlier was handled without incident by Secret Service Uniformed Division officers and support teams,” said Anthony Guglielmi, chief of communications for the Secret Service. “As of now, no arrests have been made by Secret Service personnel.”
Kyle Becker, “Relentless Podcast” host, tweeted a video of the protest, suggesting that as many as 100,000 people gathered in Washington for a “National Protest for Palestine.”
He captioned the video, stating, “This is why you don’t import your enemies.”
Ron Halber, the executive director for the Jewish Community Relations Group, criticized the demonstrators in comments to The New York Post, asserting that the protesters were “wholeheartedly supporting a homicidal terrorist organization that slaughtered 1,400 Israelis in cold blood and has taken numerous civilians hostage including from our own country.”
Halber added, “They are just incredibly misguided, uninformed and reactionary, and history will judge they have put themselves on the side of supporting terrorists versus a democracy trying to defend itself.”
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