Wed 29 Nov 2023 10:23 am - Jerusalem Time

The New York Times: Biden faces intense anger among his supporters because of his support for Israel

The New York Times newspaper revealed what it described as informed sources who said that US President Joe Biden invited a small group of prominent Muslim Americans to the White House to discuss Islamophobia in America a few weeks after the start of the war on Gaza, noting that disappointment with Biden even included some officials. In his administration.

The newspaper reported that those meeting with Biden told him that his embrace of Israel after the attacks of last October 7 was considered by many to be a green light for the Israeli bombing of Gaza, and they said that his statement in which he questioned the Palestinian death numbers was insulting, highlighting that the fatal stabbing of a Muslim boy aged ( 6 years) Out of Chicago was merely a devastating result of the dehumanization of the Muslim community.

It quoted Wael Al-Zayat, CEO of an organization working to mobilize Muslim voters, who was among those who attended that meeting in Roosevelt Hall on October 26, as saying, “Biden admitted that there may have been mistakes in his speech, and he also listened and showed... Indeed, he sympathized, and promised to take better steps, especially with regard to humanizing the Palestinians.”

In the same context, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who also attended the meeting, said that the war had also increased the risks for Americans, explaining that Muslim community leaders had warned Biden that “the suffering of the innocent people of Gaza who are trying to survive in difficult circumstances... "In fact, it has greatly increased the likelihood of Islamophobic attacks in the United States."

The gathering ended with Mr. Biden embracing a woman who lost her brother in a hate crime against Muslims several years ago, but the group left without getting the only thing they came for, which was a promise from Biden to call for a permanent ceasefire.

“There is a feeling that the shock of one people is more important than the shock of another,” says James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, which has been surveying the opinions of the Arab community for 27 years.

According to the New York Times, Biden's senior aides, led by White House Chief of Staff Jeffrey Zients, held multiple meetings with angry officials to hear their complaints, and one of these meetings was recently chaired by Mr. Zients, the president's senior advisor, Anita Dunn, and John Finer, the deputy national security advisor, and Director of Public Engagement Stephen Benjamin, the meeting allowed dissatisfied staff to voice their concerns about the president's strategy and rhetoric.

The newspaper pointed out that Biden has long considered himself a champion of Israel and Jewish nationalism, and he has been saying, “You do not have to be Jewish to be a Zionist.” His unwavering support for Israel has, at times, put him at odds with some members of his party, especially among left-leaning coalition members who see the Palestinian issue as an extension of racial and social justice movements.

The newspaper concluded by saying, “When the dust settles and the tears dry, we will have more bodies, more anger, and more extremism.”


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The New York Times: Biden faces intense anger among his supporters because of his support for Israel