Protesters filled the House of Representatives Cannon Building Wednesday during a pro-Palestinian protest, demanding an end to the violence in the Gaza Strip.
Protesters demonstrated outside of the White House Monday and nearly three dozen attempted to break onto the grounds, resulting in multiple individuals being arrested by the Secret Service. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) organized a second protest Wednesday at Capitol Hill where hundreds of protesters can be seen with signs saying “Jews demand ceasefire” and “Philly Jews say Never Again is now,” according to videos on social media.
“Can you find a way to come to D.C. this week to demonstrate as Jews against genocide?” JVP wrote in a caption on their Instagram page. “The past tells us that Israeli state atrocities against Palestinians only stop once there is a sufficient mass outcry from the international community.”
A Montgomery County Police Department tactical officer from nearby Maryland told the DCNF the U.S. Capitol Police requested them to help with the protest a couple of days ago and that it was not a “spontaneous insurrection.”
Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan broke down in tears as she spoke ahead of the protest.
Kate Anderson on October 18, 2023