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Thousands circle White House to demand Biden enforce Gaza ‘red line’

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Thousands of demonstrators surrounded the perimeter of the White House in a sea of ‘ fabric Saturday, saying they were drawing a red line for President Biden and calling for a cease-fire in Gaza.

On the same day that Gazan officials said at least 210 Palestinians were killed in a refugee camp, the demonstrators — many of whom had arrived on buses from more than two dozen cities — marched to chants of “Free Palestine!” while holding signs that said “Genocide is our red line” and “Israel bombs, your taxes pay.” While marching, they held a seemingly unending strip of red fabric around the entire perimeter.

Biden said last month that he would suspend delivery of offensive weapons to Israel if it went into population centers in Rafah. But the White House has so far said Israel had not crossed Biden’s “red line” with its campaign there, infuriating Saturday’s demonstrators.

“If Joe Biden’s red line was a fiction … and it was designed to make us become quiet, instead of that, we are going to become louder,” said Brian Becker, a leader of the ANSWER Coalition, one of the organizers of the march. “Only we can be the red line against genocide.”

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For Mohammad, a leader in the Palestinian Youth Movement who addressed the demonstrators before the march, it’s personal.

His aunts and uncles are in Rafah, not far from where an Israeli strike killed dozens of people at a tent camp. His parents and other family are in North Gaza. He remembers the first call he got from his family members after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack that ignited the deadly war.

“They told me, ‘We go to sleep knowing we might not wake up in the morning. The sun rises and we hope Gaza is still there,’ ” recalled Mohammad, who did not share his last name for safety reasons.

Palestinian authorities have estimated more than 36,000 civilians, many of them women and children, have been killed in Gaza since the start of the war, drawing escalating international condemnation. Those who were driven to join the march said they felt they could not be silent as civilian Palestinians and children continued to die, and as U.S. aid to Israel continued.

Many who came were students.

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Aiya, a George Washington University student and a leader of GW Students for Justice in Palestine, said the student activism has “really lit a fire under the Free Palestine movement, because it has pushed the bounds of what we here in the United States and the diaspora are willing to sacrifice.” Before police shut it down last month, hundreds of GWU students set up a pro-Palestinian encampment — one of numerous throughout the country.

Aiya, who did not share a last name for privacy reasons, said students wanted Gazans to know they are “not alone.”

“We say at campus protests, ‘We will not rest till you divest,’ and we mean that. We have been out here tirelessly,” Aiya said. “I mean, how could we tire when we see the people of Gaza endure through literally hell on Earth?”

Shafi Goodwin, 36, a demonstrator who was holding the red line during the march, said he found the student activism at campuses nationwide “tremendously inspiring” — moving him to leave home in Durham, N.C., at 7:30 a.m. to get on a bus and join the protest in Washington.

“Seeing how the students experienced backlash for standing up for the innocent, it struck a deep nerve with me,” Goodwin said.

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Many demonstrators expressed conflicted emotions or disillusionment about Biden and the presidential election. In states including Michigan and Minnesota, thousands of voters selected “uncommitted” in their vote for president in the Democratic primaries to send a message of disapproval to Biden.

“He chooses to keep silent to please Israel,” said Arianna Streeter-Floyd, who took a 20-hour bus ride from Des Moines to join the march.

Leo Delgiacco, 22, who came to the demonstration with her sister Jonna, said it was “discouraging knowing there’s no good option.”

“I’m not going to vote someone in who’s committing genocide,” added Jonna, 25. “I don’t want to pick one evil over another evil.”

A spokesperson for the White House did not respond to a request for comment in response to the messages demonstrators blared outside the executive mansion Saturday.

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The demonstration and march remained largely peaceful. A D.C. police spokesperson said the agency had not made any arrests, while the U.S. Park Police did not respond to an inquiry on arrests.

Mohammad, the Palestinian Youth Movement leader, told the demonstrators he did not want them to feel their persistent activism has been “for naught,” noting how demonstrators have shut down streets and bridges throughout the country. Members of his family who have fled Gaza are asking, “When shall we go home? When can I return to Gaza, my dear Gaza?” he said.

Some of his relatives relocated to Rafah, only for Rafah to fall under Israeli assault, he said. He goes days without hearing from family members in Gaza as they lose internet and phone connections, he said, with many fearing they may not see tomorrow.

“We’re not ready for them to be gone,” he said.

Kyle Swenson contributed to this report.

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Continúan las rondas de lluvias intermitentes, pero a medida que nos acercamos al fin de semana, aire más seco lleva a nuestra área. Lo que significa probabilidades de lluvias más bajas.

Tendremos un fin de semana muy cálido con temperaturas en los bajos 90 grados el sábado y mediados 90 el domingo. Los niveles de humedad se mantienen altos.

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LIVE UPDATES: Dozens of veterans headed to Washington D.C. for Greater Peoria Honor Flight

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PEORIA (25News Now) – About 74 veterans and their companions are en route to our nation’s capitol on the 31st Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Many veterans were excited to leave Peoria International Airport Wednesday morning to see the monuments and memorials and meet their fellow veterans in the community.

According to Greater Peoria Honor Flight, the Honor Flight Network was founded in 2005 by Earl Morse, a retired Air Force Captain, and Jeff Miller, the son of a WWII veteran. Six small planes flew 12 veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Today, there are 140 Honor Flight Network regional hubs across the nation, escorting nearly 250,000 WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans.

The Greater Peoria Honor Flight started in 2013 and has been on 30 flights since then.

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For many veterans, this trip serves as the first welcome home celebration since serving.

Craig Eveland, an army veteran who served from 1965 to 1967, including 11 months in Thailand, says this trip will be emotional as he remembers all the others who could not make it home while serving the country.

“The fact that I was fortunate enough to come back, while so many didn’t get to come back, means a lot to me and to those who sacrificed. It will be emotional, no doubt,” said Eveland.

Eveland said he is excited about the welcome back from his loved ones and the Central Illinois community.

The 31st Greater Peoria Honor Flight will return to Peoria International Airport around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, community members are encouraged to join in welcoming home the veterans.

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5:45 a.m. CST: Veterans and guests arrive at Peoria International Airport

6:30 a.m. CST: The Greater Peoria Honor Flight departs for Washington D.C.

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West Hills ES Safety Patrol tour Washington, D. C.

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West Hills Elementary PTA posted on their Facebook some excited fifth-grade safety patrol students in Washington, D. C., having the unforgettable experience of visiting our nation’s capital.

After the isolation and cancelation of the safety patrol trips due to Covid-19, it is encouraging to witness the normalcy of travel for our future leaders as they visualize our country’s history first hand.

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