Protestors Ruin Adam Schiff’s Speech

( – On March 5, California Rep. Adam Schiff‘s victory speech at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood was interrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters demanding a cease-fire in the Israel and Hamas war.

Schiff was speaking after the results of the March 5 primary election came in, where he clinched the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that had been held by the late former Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the past 30 years. Following Feinstein’s death in September, Democrat Sen. Laphonza Butler was appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill the seat.

Schiff was about to announce his family when the protesters began interrupting him, drowning him out with chants of “Free Palestine” and “cease-fire now.” As he attempted to continue speaking, the protesters continued chanting, “Let Gaza live.” Following the interruption, Schiff said, “We are so lucky” to have the right to protest in this country. However, smaller groups of protesters continued interrupting him, with at least one person escorted away from the event by security.

Due to the interruptions by the protesters, Schiff thanked everyone and left the stage after just nine minutes, without finishing his speech. 

According to a post on social media, the Jewish organization IfNotNow, which is opposed to Israel’s actions in the war, said its Los Angeles chapter and the group Jewish Voice for Peace were behind the protest.

Schiff told reporters earlier in the day that his position is the same as the Biden administration’s, that a cease-fire agreement needs to include the release of the hostages. Following the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas that killed 1,200 people in Israel, over 200 hostages were taken into Gaza by Hamas. According to reports, around 134 hostages are being held by Hamas, with an estimated 101 still alive.

Schiff was running for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat against California Rep. Barbara Lee and California Rep. Katie Porter. In the general election in November, he will face Republican Steve Garvey, a former Major League Baseball player.

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