Washington witnessed a significant gathering on Tuesday, as the March for Israel unfolded. Organized to express solidarity with Israel amid its conflict with Hamas and to voice opposition to anti-Semitism, the march attracted heightened security in the city’s heart.
Commencing in the early afternoon at the National Mall, the event drew participants nationwide. Organized by various US Jewish groups, the event’s website highlighted their aim to showcase “commitment to America’s most important ally in the Middle East, to condemn the rising trend of antisemitic violence and harassment., and to demand that every hostage be immediately and safely released,” the organizers say on the march’s official website.
Globally, protests and demonstrations, both in support of Palestine and Israel, have been ongoing since Hamas militants attacked southern Israel on October 7. This attack resulted in 1,200 casualties and approximately 240 hostages.
In response, Israel imposed a stringent blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza and initiated aerial and ground offensives.
Palestinian authorities report over 11,000 fatalities due to these measures.
This conflict has also seen a surge in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic incidents, encompassing violence and online provocations.
Earlier this month, a Washington demonstration called on US leaders to advocate for a ceasefire. However, the Biden administration has declined these appeals, citing concerns that a complete halt to Israel’s offensive would enable Hamas to rebuild. Nonetheless, the administration urged Israel to pause combat to facilitate civilian evacuation and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Notably, some congress members and senators participated in today’s rally. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer even rescheduled his weekly news conference to attend the event.