Ceasefire shrieks and “bloodied” hands disrupted a Senate hearing as pro-Hamas hecklers protested their way into cuffs during testimony from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Anti-Semitic rabble-rousers have crawled out of every nook and cranny across the United States, from dorm rooms to hospital suites, and on Tuesday they made their way to Capitol Hill as Code Pink sought to upend a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing about funding for Israel.
Alongside Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin appeared to testify about a supplemental request for around $14 billion, but it was during remarks from the former that the organized protest commenced.
Sporting red-stained hands and “Free Gaza” signs, Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin was among those dragged out by police as she demanded, “Stop the brutal, brutal massacre in Gaza.”
“Ceasefire now! Ceasefire now!” she chanted while being taken out of the proceeding.
Woman calling for a ceasefire in Gaza is dragged out of Blinken’s testimony. pic.twitter.com/0kpYcoRt2O
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) October 31, 2023
Ceasefire protesters photographed behind Blinken with red-colored hands and “Gaza” written on their arms. pic.twitter.com/63Km5kwVnT
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) October 31, 2023
Turning Point USA CEO Charlie Kirk reacted to the protests as word spread and posted to X, “Democrats SCREAM at Democrats in Senate hearing with Antony Blinken as he asks for $14 billion in aid for Israel. Hamas and Jew hatred has awakened the anti-war spirit within the left, a contingent that was eerily silent in recent years so long as the people dying were innocent women and children in East Ukraine. The war in Israel is quite literally tearing the Democrat Party apart.”
JUST IN: Democrats SCREAM at Democrats in Senate hearing with Antony Blinken as he asks for $14 billion in aid for Israel.
Hamas and Jew hatred has awakened the anti-war spirit within the left, a contigent that was eerily silent in recent years so long as the people dying were… pic.twitter.com/f76xhyGoiq
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 31, 2023
Signs held aloft during the hearing included messages like, “All the walls have got to go,” and “Free Gaza” as others escorted out shouted “Blinken, you have blood on your hands! Murderer.”
After several of their protesters were arrested, Code Pink’s media relations manager Melissa Garriga proudly shared images from the disruption and wrote with heart emojis, “BREAKING: @codepink Activists Arrested for Disrupting Sec. Blinken and Defense Sec. Austin in Senate Hearing. They were demanding #CeaseFireInGazaNOW!”
— Melissa Garriga (@MelissaAGarriga) October 31, 2023
After he had found the opportunity to resume his testimony, Blinken acknowledged the position of the protesters and stated to the committee, “I also hear very much the passions expressed in this room and outside this room. All of us are committed to the protection of civilian life.”
The protest came the day after the House GOP announced their intention to reappropriate $14.3 billion in funds from the Inflation Reduction Act meant for the Internal Revenue Service as part of a standalone measure to support Israel with military aid.
Objections from Code Pink, which counts a slew of organizations calling for “Justice for Palestine” among their allies, were further voiced in their own press release where Benjamin asserted pro-Hamas talking points, “How can you send more weapons to Israel while it mercilessly bombs Palestinians, including a child every 10 minutes, and levels hospitals, schools, residences. The American people don’t want to fund Israeli war crimes; 66% of Americans call for a ceasefire. So who are you representing? The weapons industry? AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)? Ceasefire now.”
Similar points were dismissed outright by President Joe Biden during a press conference last week as he addressed concerns over civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip. “I have no notion that the Palestinians are telling the truth about how many people are killed. I’m sure innocents have been killed, and it’s the price of waging a war,” he said before encouraging Israel to “be incredibly careful to be sure that they’re focusing on going after the folks that are…propagating this war against Israel. And it’s against their interest when that doesn’t happen.”
Reactions to the demands from the terrorist sympathizers included stark reminders of the atrocities committed by Hamas that led to Israel’s counteroffensive.
There was a cease fire on 10/6 ♂️This is now a reckoning
— Deplo Didn’t Kill Himself (@DeplorableToph1) October 31, 2023
There was a cease fire in place until hamas broke it on 10/7 with their horrific attack on Israel.
— Lori Barrette (@barrlj) October 31, 2023
The Code Pink protesters at the Congressional hearing remind me of the savagery of the Palestinians who brutally murdered two Israelis at a police station in Ramallah, 23 years ago.
These terrorist sympathizers also have blood on their hands.
Shame on all of them. pic.twitter.com/J9eDosjgla
— Joel M. Petlin (@Joelmpetlin) October 31, 2023
Not even hiding their hatred for Israel anymore. It is right there, out in the open.
— James Lasher (@TheJamesLasher) October 31, 2023
I surely hope they all were arrested for interrupting a on goung congressional hearing, and they all get 22 years or more in Federal Prison. For threating lives of the Senators.
— Smurf ❌ (@Smurf4555) October 31, 2023
Absolutely, The Democratic Party is literally being torn apart by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
— ViralVibes (@happyjohny2) October 31, 2023
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