Biden Interrupted by Pro-Palestine Activist at Human Rights Dinner – During his keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign annual dinner in Washington on Saturday night, Joe Biden faced an interruption from a pro-Palestinian activist who passionately shouted, “let Gaza live” and “ceasefire now.” In response, the U.S. president briefly halted his speech, expressing difficulty in hearing the protester, before resuming his remarks.
“Thank you for whatever you’re saying. I can’t hear you,” said Biden. During his address at the dinner, Biden discussed the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza resulting from extensive Israeli airstrikes in the densely populated area, which were carried out in response to a Hamas assault on Israel. “A week ago, we saw hate manifest another way in the worst massacre of the Jewish people since the Holocaust,” Biden said.
“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.” Biden added: “We have to reject hate in every form.” His appearance at the annual dinner came shortly after Biden’s call with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, where he told Abbas: “Hamas does not stand for the Palestinian people’s right to dignity and self-determination.”
On Saturday, Biden also engaged in a conversation with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, maintaining frequent communication with him since the onset of the Hamas attack. The challenges and tensions in the Middle East underscore the importance of diplomacy and dialogue in addressing pressing issues. As world leaders strive to promote peace and stability, ongoing dialogue and cooperation remain vital in the pursuit of lasting solutions to regional conflicts.