After Months of Backlash, Harris Demands Ceasefire in Gaza

( – The Israel-Hamas War is weighing on President Joe Biden’s administration and his reelection campaign. The Michigan primary recently showed how big a problem it has become when 13% of Democrats opted for “uncommitted” when it came to their party affiliation. Activists have repeatedly called for a ceasefire, but the president has refused to do the same.

Recently, the vice president issued a strongly worded demand.

Ceasefire Now

On March 3, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Selma, Alabama, to give a speech to commemorate the 59th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. That was the day civil rights activists marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in a demonstration for voting rights. During her remarks, the VP called for an “immediate ceasefire” in the Gaza Strip.

Harris called the conditions in Gaza a “humanitarian catastrophe.” She said that what everyone is witnessing in the region day in and day out “is devastating.” The vice president said there are reports of families eating animal feed and leaves. She told attendees that there are Palestinian women “giving birth to malnourished babies with little or no medical care.” Kids are also “dying from malnutrition and dehydration.”

The vice president declared, “Too many innocent Palestinians have been killed.”

The death toll in Gaza is now more than 30,000 people, according to Gaza’s health ministry. Many of the dead are civilians, including women and children. However, the health ministry is run by Hamas officials, and they do not separate the civilians and fighters. Further, officials are struggling to keep an accurate count of the dead because of the ordinary circumstances of war.

Although the vice president’s demand for a ceasefire was new, she still focused her attention on Hamas, rather than Israel. She said the administration is “unwavering in our commitment to Israel’s security.”

Harris Meets With Israeli Official

One day after her speech in Selma, Harris met with Benny Gantz, a member of Israel’s war cabinet. The New York Times reported that during the closed-door meeting, the vice president emphasized the importance and urgency of Israel securing a hostage deal with Hamas. The terrorist organization is reportedly still holding dozens of people its fighters kidnapped during the October 7 attacks.

A White House description of the meeting stated Harris “expressed her deep concern about the humanitarian conditions in Gaza” and the recent killings of people who were trying to get food from an aid convoy. The vice president told Gantz that his government should take additional steps to cooperate with the US and other countries to increase the amount of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

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