Rapper Macklemore made a surprise appearance at a pro-Palestine protest in Washington DC as upwards of 100,000 people descended on the US capital to condemn President Biden’s support for Israel and call for a ceasefire.
In an unexpected turn, the ‘Thrift Shop’ singer took the to stage to condemn Israel’s retaliatory strikes, while admitting he may not be the most ‘qualified’ person to chime in.
‘They told me to be quiet, they told me to do my research, to go back, that it’s too complex to say something, to be silent in this moment,’ said the artist, real name Benjamin Hammond Haggerty.
‘In the last three weeks, I’ve gone back and I have done some research, I’m teachable… I don’t know everything, but I know enough to know that this is a genocide.’
His speech came after protestors were seen waving a Hezbollah flag through the crowd, marking a somber moment where a terrorist organization’s symbol was cheered outside the White House.
Demonstrators attempted to scale the White House fence as the march paused outside the Oval Office, while controversial chant, ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ rung out.
Upwards of 100,000 pro-Palestine supporters have taken to the streets of Washington D.C.
Rapper Macklemore made a surprise appearance to rally the pro-Palestine protestors
Anti-Semitic graffiti reading ‘death to Israel’ and ‘Glory to our martyrs’ was sprayed on buildings in DC ahead of the march
Several of the attendees at the rally clutched provocative signs, including this one accusing President Biden and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of child murder
Up to 100,000 protesters gathered to demand a ceasefire and an end to US military aid being sent to Israel
The demonstrators are demanding an end to US military aid to Israel and the retaliatory strikes it has carried out on Gaza, which have been pounding the nation since the Hamas terror attack of October 7 which killed 1,400.
Chants of ‘Allahu akbar’ and ‘f*** Joe Biden’ were hard as the protest marched toward the White House, where red hand prints were later seen pressed onto walls near the presidential residence.
As some were seen attempting to climb the White House fence, protestors waved signs including ‘stop bombing kids’ and ‘let Gaza live.’
‘By the millions, we’ll be back,’ the crowd chanted at the presidential residence, as another activist appeared to hold a sign supporting the Hamas attacks reading, ‘Resistance is justified when people are occupied.’
Dramatic aerial images showed the streets of DC packed with people, bolstered by pro-Palestine supporters being transported on hired buses from across the US, according to the protest’s organizers.
Demonstrators gathered at Freedom Plaza on Saturday for the march, which was due to loop past the White House
The event comes amid heightened tensions across the US over the conflict in the Middle East, with many protesters accusing the US of enabling war crimes.
One placard bore a picture of Biden with blood soaked hands, which read: ‘Gaza has become a graveyard for children, with one killed every ten minutes.’
Orthodox and other Jews were among those who lent their support to the protest, bearing banners which read: ‘Judaism condemns Zionist terrorism in Gaza’.
There were nine Palestinian organizations listed as co-sponsors on the event, which had endorsements from a further 443 groups including from anti-war coalitions, environmentalists as well as Christian and other religious groups.
The Washington march comes as similar protests took place across the country including in New York, Seattle and San Francisco as well as smaller cities like Orono, Maine.
In the Big Apple, ‘busloads’ of protesters also gathered at Herald Square in solidarity with the D.C. march.
‘Now is the time to stand with the besieged people of Palestine! Gaza is being bombed by the hour. Its people are denied food, water and electricity by Israel. Tens of thousands more people are likely to die. We must ACT!’ read a notice on the Answer Coalition website.
The Washington D.C. protest took place at the same time others were unfolding across the US and the world
The bombardment of Gaza in retaliation for the Hamas attacks of October 7, which killed 1,400, are estimated to have killed more than 9,250 Gazans according to the nation’s health ministry
The protest went ahead after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected pleas from President Biden for a ‘humanitarian pause’ in the bombardment
Protesters carried fake body bags with the names and ages of victims of Israel’s air strikes
Rallies were also held across the globe on Saturday in major cities such as London, Berlin, Paris, Ankara and Istanbul.
Jewish groups have advised against counter-protesting or engaging with the pro-Palestine marchers, the Guardian reports.
The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center’s Jen Zwilling emailed members warning engagement could ‘increase the potential for violence or anti-Semitic rhetoric’, the outlet reports.
The bombardment entered its 27th day after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls from President Biden for a ‘humanitarian pause’ on the strikes earlier this week.
Biden stopped short of suggesting a full ceasefire, but backed a break to allow humanitarian aid in and movement of prisoners, the White House clarified.
His comments, made in the wake of declining support for the strikes following reports of refugee camps and churches being hit, mark a departure from previous commitments to not dictate Israel’s military policy.
On Thursday, Hamas officials revealed that 27 people had been killed following a strike near a UN school.
Among the recent deaths in the Israel-Hamas conflict were 27 people killed following an airstrike near a UN school
Vice President Kamal Harris confirmed on Thursday the U.S. will not stipulate any conditions for its military aid, ‘We are going to continue to stand with Israel’s right to defend itself’, she said
But that same day Vice President Kamala Harris said the United States would not seek to impose any conditions on the support it gives Israel.
‘We are not going to create any conditions on the support that we are giving Israel to defend itself,’ she said.
‘We are going to continue to stand with Israel’s right to defend itself and, let’s be clear and never forget what happened on Oct. 7, where hundreds, thousands, 1400, innocent people were killed, slaughtered. Young people who were simply attending a concert.’
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