Pressure on Biden mounts as 50 US cities demand ceasefire in Gaza

Approximately 70 resolutions on the war on Gaza have been voted on, with the majority urging for an end to the bombardment.

  • Pro-Palestine demonstrators demanding a ceasefire in Gaza at Freedom Plaza in Washington on November 4, 2023. (AP)

Around 50 cities in the United States have ratified resolutions asking for a ceasefire in Gaza, with at least 14 passing in key swing states like Michigan, piling up more pressure on President Joe Biden, Sky News reported.

Approximately 70 resolutions on the war on Gaza have been voted on, with the majority urging for an end to the bombardment.

Reuters has reported that many of the ceasefire resolutions have been passed in Democratic-controlled states, but territories that might be pivotal in this year’s presidential election are also included.

Gabriela Santiago-Romero, a Detroit council member who voted in favor of a ceasefire resolution in Michigan’s largest city in November, said it represented “frustration” particularly in young voters and people of color. 

“We want leadership that is willing to listen to us,” Santiago-Romero expressed.

As a protest to Joe Biden’s policy toward the Israeli war on Gaza and the occupation’s use of starvation as a weapon of war in Gaza, Feds United for Peace, representing employees from twenty-seven US government agencies and departments, are going on a hunger strike on Thursday, calling it a “day of fasting for Gaza” to draw attention on the ongoing war.

The federal employees will show up to their offices dressed in black or wearing Koufiyyehs or other symbols of Palestinian solidarity.

Pelosi: Russia behind pro-Palestine protests

According to Reuters, former US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated during a CNN interview on Sunday that she believes certain rallies in the United States calling for a ceasefire in Gaza are tied to Russia, warning that the FBI should investigate them.

”We have to think about what we’re doing, and what we have to do is try to stop the suffering in Gaza but for them to call for a ceasefire is Mr. Putin’s message. Make no mistake, this is directly connected to what he would like to see,” she speculated.

As protesters gathered outside Nancy Pelosi’s house urging for a ceasefire of the Israeli genocide in Gaza, the former US House Speaker was caught on camera, scolding the pro-Palestinian protesters and telling them to ”go back to China,” alleging that this was the location of their ”headquarters”.

Biden says decided on response to attack on US base in Jordan

Biden revealed Tuesday that he had decided on how to respond to the recent drone strike that killed three American troops in Jordan as part of the ongoing operations against US the US occupation forces in the region for its complicity in the ongoing genocide in Gaza.

With the upcoming election adding pressure, Biden hinted at impending actions in response to the operation, though he refrained from disclosing the details of said response he pledged.

The White House issued a warning, stating that “multiple actions” were likely but offered no further information on the nature of the response.

While on the campaign trail in Florida, the 81-year-old President reiterated his commitment to avoiding a wider war in the region despite attacking Yemen, Syria, and Iraq within the span of a few days. When asked about the fear of exacerbating tensions with Iran, Biden affirmed that he was not seeking an escalation and emphasized his preference for a more measured approach.

Biden has blamed “radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” likely referring to the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, which announced earlier this month that they would escalate their attacks after the US conducted several raids in Iraq and assassinated a military official in central Baghdad.

Following the attack, Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent reported an increasing demand within the United States for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. 

Our correspondent affirmed that voices within the US Democratic Party have expressed their refusal to escalate the ongoing struggle and have instead called for addressing the fundamental issue, which is the ongoing war on the Gaza Strip.

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