The protest against the fighting in the Gaza Strip, held in Washington, was attended by 10,000 people, 500 of whom were detained. The Jewish Voice for Peace movement, which is one of the organizers of the demonstration, reported this on its page on X (formerly Twitter).
“Today, 500 Jews were arrested and 10,000 took to the streets to support and demand a ceasefire and an end to the genocide of Palestinians,” the statement said.
A concerted protest took place on October 18 in the Capitol Hill area, but demonstrators later moved towards the Cannon Building of the US Capitol complex. As a result, they entered the rotunda and several times interrupted hearings in the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate, which were devoted to the consideration of the candidacy for the post of Ambassador to Israel of former American Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.
After this, the police began to detain the protesters. The Capitol Police X page reported three arrests. It added that department officials continue to “process the arrests.” As of 01:00 Moscow time on October 19, there were no protesters left in the rotunda. Fox News citing Capitol Police earlier reported about 300 detained during the protest.
On October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas attacked Israel. In response, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Iron Swords. The Israeli government announced that the country had entered a state of war. According to the latest data, over 4,500 people have died as a result of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, most of them Palestinians.