In Washington, D.C., tens of thousands converged on the National Mall for the “March for Israel” Tuesday. While some rallygoers condemned the rise of antisemitism and called for the release of Israeli hostages, others brandished signs calling for Israel to keep bombing Gaza. Among the high-profile speakers at Tuesday’s protest were Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Christian fundamentalist House Speaker Mike Johnson.
Speaker Mike Johnson: “As Prime Minister Netanyahu says so well, this is a fight between good and evil, between light and darkness, between civilization and barbarism.”
CNN political contributor Van Jones took to the stage and called for ending “all the horror,” while branding himself a “peace guy,” prompting the crowd to start chanting “No ceasefire!” Another speaker at yesterday’s rally was far-right pastor John Hagee, a known antisemite who once said Hitler was sent by God to exterminate Jewish people in order to create the state of Israel.