Biden Hides From Pro-Palestinian Protesters

(USNewsMag.com) – President Joe Biden did not get a break from being confronted by pro-Palestinian protesters, even while on his annual post-Thanksgiving trip to the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

On Nov. 24, the protesters first confronted Biden as he departed for his regular lunch with his family at the Brotherhood of Thieves bar and grill. The family did some shopping at Nantucket Books, where Biden purchased a copy of the book by historian Heather Cox Richardson, before heading to lunch. Biden said that he could not visit the island “without going to the bookstore. We’ve got a tradition.” He also made a stop at the jeweler’s gallery.

The protesters confronted Biden again the same day during a tree-lighting ceremony on the island. The protesters shouted at Biden, calling for a ceasefire and saying, “Biden, you can’t hide. We charge you with genocide” and “Free Palestine.” Biden did not acknowledge the protesters but instead greeted members of the children’s choir who performed at the tree lighting.

An organizer of the tree lighting requested the protesters stop. In an attempt to stop the protesters from interrupting the ceremony, a local official stressed to them that it was not a political event.

The protesters’ confrontation with Biden comes after 24 hostages were released that morning by Hamas. The hostages, taken during the Oct. 7 attack, were released as part of a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for a four-day ceasefire, Hamas agreed to release 50 civilian women and children hostages. For each day the ceasefire continues, Hamas would release 10 more hostages. In exchange, Israel agreed to the release of close to 150 Palestinian women and teenagers held in Israeli prisons for various crimes.

During a speech on Nov. 24, Biden stated he had pushed for the pause consistently as a way to “facilitate the release of hostages” and “expand the humanitarian assistance going into Gaza.”

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