Thousands Denounce Biden’s Israel Support, Call for End to Conflict Amidst Hostage Rescue

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters descended upon the White House Saturday, expressing outrage over President Biden’s unwavering support for Israel’s actions in Gaza. The demonstrators vehemently argued that Israel had overstepped a “red line” of “genocide” and demanded an immediate end to the conflict. “The intention is to draw a red line where Biden won’t draw one when it comes to Israel’s genocide in Gaza, and say we as the people are drawing the red line today to say enough is enough,” proclaimed Nas Issa, a protester affiliated with the Palestinian Youth Movement, in an interview with NBC News. “It’s time for an arms embargo, and it’s time to end this.”

Amidst the protests, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) successfully executed a complex hostage rescue operation, liberating four Israeli citizens who had been captured during Hamas’ October 7 attack. Noa Argamani, 26, along with three male hostages, Almog Meir Jan, 22, Shlomi Ziv, 41, and Andrey Kozlov, 27, were rescued in a daring daytime raid in the heart of Nuseirat, central Gaza. The operation, involving Yamam anti-terror unit officers and Shin Bet agents, resulted in the tragic loss of Chief Inspector Arnon Zmora, who was critically injured during the raid.

Despite the success of the hostage rescue mission, the protesters outside the White House remained unyielding in their condemnation of Israel’s actions, chanting slogans against Zionism and calling for the dismantling of the Israeli state. “We don’t want no two state, we’re taking back ’48,” the protesters chanted, referring to the year Israel was established following a UN partition plan that would have also created a Palestinian state.

The protests outside the White House underscore the deep divisions and heightened tensions surrounding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. While the Israeli government maintains its right to defend its citizens and territory, the protesters argue that Israel’s actions have disproportionately impacted civilians in Gaza. The international community continues to grapple with the complexities of the situation, calling for an end to the violence and a peaceful resolution to the underlying issues that fuel the conflict.

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