Over one hundred congressional staffers in the US have risen in support of Palestine by staging a walkout in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesda November 9, 2023, as they called out the representatives they work for to initiate a ceasefire in the wake of a “genocide” by Israel against the Gaza Strip.
The staffers reportedly also held a vigil for both the 1,400 Israelis including soldiers who were left dead on October 7 and the 10,000 plus Palestinian civilians killed by Israel since.
“We were horrified by the brutal October 7th attacks on Israeli civilians, and we are horrified by the overwhelming response by the Israeli government that has killed thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza,” Congressional Staff for a Ceasefire wrote in a statement. “Our constituents are pleading for a ceasefire, and we are the staffers answering their calls.”
“Most of our bosses on Capitol Hill are not listening to the people they represent. We demand our leaders speak up: call for a ceasefire, a release of all hostages, and an immediate de-escalation now,” they added.
The organizers further read the statement to onlookers citing that they were all gathered to “mourn the loss of every single beautiful and innocent life.” The protesters then brought flowers to lay before the capitol steps, held a moment of silence and even performed an interfaith prayer.
Last weekend, tens of thousands of protesters marched to the White House and chanted in tandem for a ceasefire, as well as heavily condemned the US for supporting the Israeli entity.
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