President Joe Biden was was interrupted by a Pro-Palestinian activist during a speech at a human rights dinner on Saturday night.
The protester shouted ‘Let Gaza live’ and ‘Ceasefire now’ whilst the President was addressing the crowd at a Human Right Campaign dinner in support of LGBT rights.
Biden briefly paused and said ‘I don’t know who’s hollering down there, but I can’t hear you.’
The President then asked the crowd ‘I can’t hear her, what is she saying?’ before continuing with his speech.
Addressing the dinner in Washington, Biden linked the humanitarian crisis in Gaza to different versions of hate that he said must be stopped.
President Joe Biden was was interrupted by a Pro-Palestinian activist during a speech at a human rights dinner on Saturday night
Biden briefly paused and said ‘I don’t know who’s hollering down there, but I can’t hear you’
Biden then went on to say that ‘the humanitarian crisis in Gaza — innocent Palestinian families and the vast majority that have nothing to do with Hamas — they’re being used as human shields’
‘A week ago we saw hate manifest another way in the worst massacre of the Jewish people since the Holocaust,’ Biden said, citing the 1,300 lives lost in Israel as well as ‘children, grandparents alike kidnapped, held hostage by Hamas.’
‘Yesterday I spoke for an hour with the family members of those Americans who are still unaccounted for on a zoom call.
‘They have endured an agony, not knowing what is happening.’
Biden then went on to say that ‘the humanitarian crisis in Gaza — innocent Palestinian families and the vast majority that have nothing to do with Hamas — they’re being used as human shields,’ he said.
Adding: ‘We have to reject hate in every form.’
‘Antisemitism, islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia they’re all connected. Hate toward one group left unanswered opens the door to more hate towards more groups more often.’
Biden’s comments come as an anticipated ground assault on Gaza is expected from Israel following the week’s deadly terror attacks by Hamas.
Since the Hamas incursion, the bloodiest single day in Israel’s 75-year history, the Israeli military says it has mobilized 360,000 reservists.
A fireball erupts during Israeli bombardment in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday
Troops remove the bodies of victims, killed during an attack by Hamas terrorists in Kfar Aza, on Tuesday
IDF Lotar unit soldiers are slowly checking the Kfar Aza kibbutz, passing from one house to another to clear them from any ammunition or threat. It was here that Hamas terrorists massacred families in their homes
A house is completely destroyed after being burned by Hamas terrorists during the attack at Kibbutz Be’eri, near the border with Gaza on October 11, 2023 in Be’eri, Israel
On Saturday, two U.S. sources told CNN that a second carrier strike group is moving to the region, after the first – led by the USS Gerald R. Ford – arrived off the coast of Israel earlier this week.
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower strike group will join the Ford, having changed its plans to move toward the US European Command and deployed instead to the Middle East, leaving its Norfolk, Virginia, base on Friday.
The U.S. warships are not intended to join the fighting in Gaza or take part in Israel’s operations, Pentagon officials stress.
But the presence of two of the Navy’s most powerful ships is designed to send a message of deterrence to Iran and Iranian proxies in the region, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Israel has ordered the evacuation of 1.1 million people in Northern Gaza to move to the south.
Martin Griffiths, the United Nations humanitarian chief, said that he fears ‘that the worst is yet to come,’ and warned that the humanitarian situation in Gaza ‘is fast becoming untenable.’
The statement added that ‘the past week has been a test for humanity, and humanity is failing.’
The World Health Organization called Israel’s evacuation orders to hospitals in northern Gaza ‘a death sentence for the sick and injured.’
Daniel Hagari, the Israeli military spokesman, told the country to expect ‘challenging weeks’ ahead as the military operation escalated.
The goal, he said, was ‘the defeat of Hamas and the elimination of its leaders.’
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