Thousands of anti-Israel protesters descend upon White House

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A massive pro-Hamas protest marking eight months since Israel’s war in Gaza began — and blasting the Biden administration’s support of the Jewish state — descended outside a girded White House Saturday.

An estimated 30,000 pro-Palestinian protesters started arriving outside the Executive Mansion around noon.

Members of the Answer Coalition, one of the activist groups taking part in the mass demonstration, unveiled a “two-mile long” red banner, in reference to the “red line” they say President Biden let Israel blow past during its invasion of Rafah.

The banner “lists the over 40,000 Palestinians martyred by Israel since Oct. 7,” the group posted on X.

Other footage posted to social media showed some of the protesters igniting smoke bomb flares they then tossed onto the White House lawn.

The Andrew Jackson statue outside the White House was vandalized with the phrases “Free Gaza” and “Boycott Israel Products,” another X post showed.

Israel’s retaliatory invasion of the enclave began after Hamas’ massacre of 1,200 Israeli citizens on Oct 7.

Fencing was erected around the White House compound in anticipation of the demonstrators, who are frequently known to be violent.

The fence is a second line of defense after the considerable barrier already surrounding the grounds.

“In preparation for the events this weekend in Washington, DC, that have the potential for large crowds to gather, additional public safety measures including anti-scale fencing have been put in place near the White House complex,” a Secret Service spokesman told The Hill.

The White House took extra security measures ahead of the planned protest. Getty Images
Pro-Hamas demonstrations often spiral into chaotic clashes with cops. AFP via Getty Images

“Biden can’t draw the line, but we can. On June 8, we will come together from across the country and surround the White House. Wearing red, and raising our demands high, we will show the world that we are the red line,” Answer Coalition, an activist group taking part in the demonstration, declared on its website.

“We demand an immediate cease-fire, an immediate end to the siege on Gaza, the freedom of all Palestinian prisoners and an end to the occupation of Palestine.”

President Biden will be in France during the latest round of demonstrations. REUTERS
Pro-Hamas rioters have dogged Biden and pro-Israel Democrats around the country, demanding they call for a cease-fire that would save the terrorist organization from annihilation. Getty Images

Pro-Hamas rioters have dogged Biden and pro-Israel Democrats around the country, demanding they call for a cease-fire that would save the terrorist organization from annihilation.

National Democrats are preparing for a show of force by far-left Hamas supporters at their August convention in Chicago.

Biden will get a reprieve from the expected unrest outside the White House as he is still in France, where he’s been marking the 80th anniversary celebrations of the D-Day landings in Normandy during World War II.

He will be honored with a state banquet and military parade there on Saturday.


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