The battle rages on in the Gaza Strip, as Israel’s ground invasion has begun and airstrikes continue. On Friday, November 3, hundreds of people were seen blocking entrances to a federal building in downtown Seattle where U.S. Senator Patty Murray has an office.
The protest was organized by advocacy group Jewish Voice for Peace and other similar events have been held across the United States in recent days as citizens come together in support of peace and justice, calling for an immediate ceasefire.
— Mo Haider (@KOMOhaider) November 3, 2023
The protesters, many wearing black sweatshirts that said “Cease Fire Now”, sang songs about freedom and chanted while one person climbed a ladder and hung a banner on the building that read: “Murray: Ceasefire Now!”
Participants linked arms, blocking the building’s entrances for several hours despite attempts by law enforcement officers to disperse them from the area.
Hundreds of Jewish, Muslim and Christian community members are protesting on both sides of the federal building in Seattle to demand a ceasefire immediately and end the complicity of federal leaders, like Washington Senator Patty Murray, in Israel’s war on Gaza. pic.twitter.com/xdHdTunR0E
— Guy Oron (@GuyOron) November 3, 2023
On Thursday, Senator Patty Murray called for a “humanitarian pause” in the war to allow critical humanitarian aid to reach innocent civilians in Gaza who are desperately in need of assistance during this difficult time.
She also reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism which is something we must always acknowledge as our ally fights its own battles against those who seek to do us harm.