Red Line Protest in DC 


ICNA CSJ

Date published: Tue, 11 June 24


On June 8, around 70,000 protesters took to DC’s streets to form a red line around the White House to protest the Israeli invasion of Rafah. Biden had previously declared that the invasion of Rafah was a red line – that if Israel forces invaded Rafah, he would not support Israel with military aid. 

In early June, Israel strikes hit displaced families in tents. Horrific videos and images of children without limbs, with organs spilling out, and bloodied drew a frenzy on social media, with onlookers to the Gaza genocide reacting with horror. These attacks came two days after the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to end its military offensive attack in Rafah. More than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million population is seeking refuge in Rafah. 

The protest in DC was to pressure Biden to follow his previously declared red line. The invasion of Rafah was a boundary that should not have been crossed, but Israel, per usually, has faced no consequence for blatant war crimes. 

The same day of the protest, June 8, Israel led a massacre on the Nuseirat refugee camp, with military officials disguised as aid workers, in an event that led to the recapture of four Israeli prisoners of war. The Nuseirat massacre was supported by the US.

The visual of protestors holding red fabric to create a red linen around the White House is striking; yet, it is abundantly clear that the White House has no intentions to heed any of the US populace that is condemning the US-sanctioned genocide in Gaza. 

The red banner had the names of more than 36,000 Palestinians that are known to have been killed by Israel.