Protests suggest split among US Jews on war, but support for Israel is high

by | Nov 16, 2023 | Religion

(RNS) — In the latest sign of tensions over the Israel-Hamas war, a vigil to honor the lives of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the conflict turned violent Wednesday (Nov. 15), when police forcibly cleared the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., of mostly Jewish protesters.Like many other protests that have arisen across the country since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas, the interfaith vigil, led by Jewish groups IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace Action, demanded a cease-fire in what has become a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas. The two groups have mounted numerous such protests, shutting down Grand Central Station in New York City last week and blocking traffic in other parts of the country.
On Wednesday the group of about 200 people tried to block the entrances of the Democratic National Committee so that Democratic representatives and candidates inside the building would have to walk past them on the way out.
“The intent was to make visible all of the lives lost and talk to elected officials who we knew would be there about a cease-fire,” said Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, who serves on the rabbinical council of Jewish Voice for Peace and is also ac …

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