Biden acknowledges Arab Americans’ ‘pain’ over Gaza war

By Kanishka Singh

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden On Friday, he acknowledged “the pain felt” by many Arab Americans over the war in Gaza and U.S. support for Israel and its military offensive that has left Arabs, Muslims and anti-war activists angry and angry. disappointed.

Many Muslims and Arabs in the United States have urged the Democratic president to call for a permanent ceasefire, stop arms sales to Israel and use more pressure tactics to protect civilian lives as a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Gaza.

“We must also pause to reflect on the pain felt by so many in the Arab American community because of the war in Gaza,” Biden said in an Arab American Heritage Month proclamation issued by the White House, adding that he was “devastated” by the war in Gaza. suffering.

However, hours after Biden’s statement on Friday, the Washington Post reported that his administration had approved additional bombs and warplanes for Israel worth billions of dollars in recent days.

Israel is the largest recipient of American foreign aid, and the United States vetoed several votes at the United Nations calling for a ceasefire during the Gaza attack, before abstaining during a vote at the end of March.

The Biden administration has issued proclamations since 2021 ahead of April, which is observed as Arab American Heritage Month. This year’s proclamation was longer than previous ones due to Biden’s comments on Gaza.

Protests demanding a ceasefire in Gaza have taken place in many U.S. cities in recent months, including near airports and bridges in New York and Los Angeles, vigils outside the White House and marches in Washington.

Protesters have regularly disrupted Biden campaign events and speeches, including a high-profile fundraiser in New York on Thursday.

They demanded Biden meet their demands or risk losing their support in the November election. Arab and Muslim Americans are unlikely to support Biden’s rival, former Republican President Donald Trump, but observers note they may not participate in the election and…

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