DEVELOPING: Group Called ‘Jewish Voice For Peace’ Occupy U.S. Capitol Rotunda
Protestors from a group who call themselves ‘Jewish Voice For Peace’ have taken over the U.S. Capitol rotunda.
The demonstrators chanted and held banners that read slogans such as “ceasefire” and “Jews say ceasefire now.”
Footage shows some of the protestors being arrested by police.
#BREAKING: Large group of anti-israel protesters have taken over inside US Capitol rotunda
At this time, a large group of Anti-Israel protesters are currently occupying the US Capitol’s rotunda in Washington, D.C. Protesters are demanding and calling for a… pic.twitter.com/ezFB0lKDkN
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“Hundreds of American Jews are holding a sit-in at Congress — and we won’t leave until Congress calls for a ceasefire in Gaza. As thousands of U.S. Jews protest outside, over 350 are inside, including two dozen rabbis, holding prayerful resistance,” the group posted on its X account.
HAPPENING NOW: Hundreds of American Jews are holding a sit-in at Congress — and we won’t leave until Congress calls for a ceasefire in Gaza. As thousands of U.S. Jews protest outside, over 350 are inside, including two dozen rabbis, holding prayerful resistance. pic.twitter.com/H0b2ort6fa
— Jewish Voice for Peace (@jvplive) October 18, 2023
“This is an insurrection. Throw these people out,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
VIDEO: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene calls on Capitol Police to arrest Gaza Protesters calling them insurrectionists. pic.twitter.com/CnNP0iLDuP
— Andrew Leyden (@PenguinSix) October 18, 2023
Additional footage of the protestors:
A massive protest calling Israel to enter a ceasefire has shutdown Independence Ave on Capitol Hill. Some protesters entered the Cannon House Office Building and are being arrested. @Fox5DC pic.twitter.com/g6GF3DZfym
— Tom Fitzgerald (@FitzFox5DC) October 18, 2023
— Prof Zenkus (@anthonyzenkus) October 18, 2023
— Erik Rosales (@ErikRosalesNews) October 18, 2023
News Nation reports:
A large group of protestors called “Jewish Voice for Peace” came to the Cannon House Rotunda in the US Capitol complex Wednesday to demand a ceasefire in the Middle East amid the Israel-Hamas war.
Jewish Voice for Peace describes itself on its website as the largest progressive Jewish anti-Zionist organization in the world.
“We are proud Jewish people standing in solidarity with Palestinians demanding a ceasefire immediately,” Liv Kunins-Berkowitz, media coordinator for the group, said. “A genocide is underway and everyone has to know.”
Kunins-Berkowitz said members of Jewish Voice for Peace came to Washington, D.C. with a message for U.S. President Joe Biden, who was in Israel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday. During his trip, Biden pledged support for Israel, but warned the country against becoming “consumed by rage.”
“I’m looking right at you, President Biden — are you going to be the president that funds and enables a genocide, or are you going to be the president that puts your foot down and stops the genocide?” Kunins-Berkowitz asked.
Jewish Voice For Peace writes on its website:
We’re organizing a grassroots, multiracial, cross-class, intergenerational movement of U.S. Jews into solidarity with the Palestinian freedom struggle, guided by a vision of justice, equality, and dignity for all people.
If you’ve been looking for a political home for Jews on the left in this perilous moment; if you’ve been wanting a Jewish community with justice at the center; if you’ve been looking to turn your rage and grief into meaningful, strategic action: Join us. You belong here.
“We warned the protestors to stop demonstrating and when they did not comply we began arresting them,” The U.S. Capitol Police wrote.
“Arrests in the Canon Rotunda and the rolling road closures are ongoing. Amongst these arrests, three people have been arrested and charged with Assault on a Police Officer during processing.”
Arrests in the Canon Rotunda and the rolling road closures are ongoing.
Amongst these arrests, three people have been arrested and charged with Assault on a Police Officer during processing.
— The U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) October 18, 2023
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