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Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren called on Israel to stop bombing Gaza shortly after she met with a pro-Palestinian activist over lunch with friends over the ongoing conflict in Israel.
A video of this interaction was posted online by Jewish Voice for Peace Boston on November 10.
“The crisis in Gaza is growing. Israeli airstrikes destroy residential buildings and public infrastructure. Restrictions on humanitarian aid make life even more difficult. Stop the bombing NOW,” Warren wrote in an X message on November 16.
The video begins with an unidentified woman approaching Warren’s table in a crowded restaurant in the Boston suburb of Cambridge. A Liberal senator is having dinner with three other people.
The woman introduces herself as “a refugee from Gaza and your voter.” Warren tries to refuse the woman by saying, “Nice to meet you, I’m having dinner.” Despite this, the activist persisted.
The video shows Senator Elizabeth Warren eating dinner with three other people when someone interrupts her
The original video was uploaded by a group called Jewish Voice for Peace Boston
Shortly after this interaction, Warren tweeted her demand for an Israeli ceasefire
“Sixty-eight members of my family have died in the last three weeks. I just want to know how many more have to die before you start calling for a ceasefire,” the woman asks.
“How many more members of my family have to die for you to call for a ceasefire? I just don’t know how much more I have to say to get you to call for a ceasefire. People call your office every day and ask for a ceasefire, and you refuse to call for a ceasefire,” the woman continues.
She is then carried away by an unidentified man. The clip ends with Warren’s office number flashing on the screen.
Palestinian civilians have borne the brunt of Israel’s weeks-long military campaign in retaliation for Hamas’s barbaric attack on Israel, which is estimated to have killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians.
Health authorities in Gaza, deemed credible by the United Nations, say that Israeli bombing and ground invasion have killed at least 11,500 people, including more than 4,700 children.
On Thursday, during the morning rush hour, about 100 protesters stopped traffic on the bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge for more than two hours. They chanted “ceasefire immediately!” and held a banner that read: “Jews say: ceasefire now.”
The banner held by protesters clearly called on Warren to demand a ceasefire.
According to the police, about 150 people tried to storm the headquarters of the Democratic Party on Wednesday
Demonstrations over the war are growing throughout the United States. Protesters calling for a ceasefire clashed with police on Wednesday outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, where officials and candidates were inside for a reception.
Eighty protesters were arrested on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and 29 vehicles were towed after demonstrators blocked all lanes on the upper deck and some drivers threw their keys into the bay.
One person was booked into the county jail, but the others were cautioned and released.
Also on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked by CBS News whether Israel’s killing of thousands of Palestinians during its nearly six-week war with Hamas militants would fuel hatred among a new generation.
Israeli attempts to minimize civilian casualties “have failed,” Netanyahu said, accusing Hamas of preventing civilians from moving to safer places.
“Every civilian death is a tragedy. And we shouldn’t have them because we are doing everything in our power to save civilians from danger, while Hamas is doing everything to keep them in danger,” Netanyahu said.
“So we send out leaflets, call them on their cell phones and say, ‘leave.’ And many left,” he said.