A group of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered outside US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s residence in the suburbs of Washington, staging a sit-in and calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
The protesters voiced their frustration with the US administration’s backing of the Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people, condemning the occupation and apartheid in the West Bank and across Palestinian territories.
The protesters aimed to increase pressure on the Biden administration to make it clear that Americans do not support the use of their funds for war crimes.
The protesters also put up tents and displayed banners condemning the Israeli aggression on Gaza. Some banners read that Biden’s electoral campaign and his administration had forfeited the support of the Arab and Muslim communities, as well as the votes of numerous American Jews.
Earlier this month, a Gallup poll conducted from December 1-20, 2023, revealed a lack of clear consensus among the American public regarding the US’ involvement in the war on Gaza.
The poll also highlights partisan differences, with 40% of both Republicans and Democrats expressing the view that the US isn’t doing enough. However, Democrats are more likely (48%) to believe the US involvement is appropriate, while Republicans (26%) are more inclined to think it’s too much.
Approximately 41% believe the US is doing “about the right amount” to “resolve the conflict”, 39% think it’s not doing enough, and 19% feel it is doing too much.