At a fundraising event in Minneapolis, President Biden faced an interruption during his speech when Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg passionately called for an immediate ceasefire.
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Rabbi Rosenberg, associated with organizations like Bend the Arc: Jewish Action and the Radical Jewish Calendar project, was swiftly escorted out of the venue. In an uncommon move, President Biden responded by advocating for a “humanitarian pause” and stressed the importance of allowing time to secure the release of hostages.
As he tried to restore order, President Biden highlighted his efforts in persuading Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pursue a ceasefire and his conversations with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to facilitate humanitarian actions. The audience’s reactions to Rabbi Rosenberg’s repeated calls for an immediate ceasefire were mixed, with some showing support for Biden while others expressed their disapproval.
Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, is associated with the group Jewish Voice for Peace, which has faced criticism from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Nevertheless, despite the disruption, President Biden continued to express his unwavering support for Israel, emphasizing its right and responsibility to defend its citizens against terrorism while adhering to international and humanitarian laws, with a particular focus on safeguarding civilians.
He also acknowledged the distressing scenes from Gaza, particularly the impact on Palestinian children. In a lighter moment, a child’s cry briefly interrupted the proceedings, providing a moment of relief from the intense atmosphere.