(UnitedHeadlines.com) – On Oct. 18, more than 300 pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police after showing up at the Cannon Rotunda on Capitol Hill demanding there be a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
On Twitter, Capitol Police wrote that arrests were “ongoing” since “demonstrations are not allowed inside Congressional buildings.”
The group that organized the protest, Jewish Voice for Peace, also took to Twitter where the group stated that there were two dozen rabbis among the more than “350 demonstrators” inside the rotunda, while thousands more were protesting outside.
Photos from inside the building show protestors wearing shirts that said, “Jews Say Ceasefire Now!,” while videos show the group chanting “Ceasefire Now.”
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib spoke before the protest, where she falsely accused Israel of bombing a Gaza hospital on Oct. 17. The Biden administration has stated clearly that intelligence shows that the group Islamic Jihad was responsible for the bombing, not Israel. The exact number of people killed in the attack remains unknown.
According to a post on Twitter by Republican Texas Rep. Randy Weber his “I Stand With Israel” sign was ripped down by protestors.
Those arrested Oct. 18 for illegally demonstrating inside a House building were released. At least three protestors were charged with assaulting a police officer and remained in custody until they could appear before a judge.
The Oct. 18 arrests come after a protest was held outside of the White House on Oct. 16 that also resulted in multiple arrests after protesters attempted to break into the grounds of the White House.
Groups have been protesting across the country since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas that killed over 1,400 people in Israel, including at least 32 Americans. Hamas then took an estimated 205 hostages to Gaza, including at least 13 Americans. Israel began airstrikes against Hamas following the attacks with over 5,000 Palestinians killed since the airstrikes began. An estimated 600 Americans could be trapped in Gaza.
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