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Protesters Disrupt Blinken Testimony, Calling Him “The Butcher of Gaza”

HeadlineMay 22, 2024

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has told senators that the Biden administration is ready to work on efforts to potentially sanction officials at the International Criminal Court after the court’s chief prosecutor requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. Blinken called the ICC decision “profoundly wrong-headed.”

Meanwhile, pro-Palestinian protesters repeatedly disrupted Blinken Tuesday as he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Many of the protesters had their hands painted red to symbolize blood.

Protester 1: “He is a war criminal! He is a war criminal! The blood of 40,000 people is on his hands! The blood of 40,000 Palestinians is on his hands! He is a war criminal! He is a war criminal!”
Another protester who disrupted Blinken condemned Israel’s killing of 6-year-old Palestinian girl Hind Rajab.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken: “The People’s Republic of China pursuing a military” —

Protester 2: “Hind Rajab was 6 years old when Israelis killed her! Hind Rajab was 6 years old! Blinken, you will be remembered as the Butcher of Gaza! You will be remembered for murdering innocent Palestinians!”

According to the group CodePink, four protesters were arrested, including former State Department official Ann Wright, who was injured while Capitol Police ejected her from the hearing.

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