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Pro-Palestine activists gather near US Capitol to demand Gaza ceasefire

Nov. 29: Pro-Palestinian activists gathered near the US Capitol building Tuesday to demand a cease-fire in Gaza, reports Anadolu Agency. They held inflatable letters spelling out the words “cease-fire now.”

Robert McCaw, director of government affairs for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), reportedly said that the US should not support Israel with taxpayer funds and weapons.

“We are here with community members to remind Congress, while they are lighting up their Christmas tree, that we are demanding a ceasefire now,” said McCaw.

The activists also demanded Congress support House Resolution 786, introduced by Rep. Cori Bush, which advocates for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid to Gaza.

He said CAIR will respond in protest “once Israel resumes its murder of civilians” in Gaza after an extended humanitarian pause.

The peaceful activists were also blocked by the Capitol police from getting close to the Congress building.

Protests have been persistent in the US since the Israeli attacks began last month.

Meanwhile, a group of US state lawmakers and activists launched a hunger strike outside the White House on Monday. The strike aims to draw attention to Palestinians facing hunger in Gaza and demand a permanent ceasefire.

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