February 28, 2024
Protesters Interrupt US Congress Hearing, Call for Israel Ceasefire
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Protesters Interrupt US Congress Hearing, Call for Israel Ceasefire

Protesters with hands covered in red paint repeatedly interrupted a congressional hearing on US military aid yesterday, demanding Washington stop funding Israel’s fight in Gaza.

During their appeal to the Senate Appropriations Committee for billions of dollars in military assistance to support Israel, Ukraine and other security costs, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin were forced to stop speaking several times as some demonstrators were escorted out by police.

US President Joe Biden is asking Congress for more than $105 billion in security spending, including $14.3 billion for its ally, Israel.

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Several protesters wore messages of “Free Gaza” written on their arms and held signs demanding “No more $$$ 4 Israel,” while some cried out “Ceasefire now,” “Palestinians are not animals” and “Shame on you all.”

Israel’s military says it engaged Hamas in “fierce battles” in Gaza yesterday, as tanks and armoured bulldozers advanced through the ruins of the embattled territory, which the United Nations said is facing unprecedented humanitarian needs.

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