What's happening in Gaza is not genocide: Biden

US President has faced several protests around country from pro-Palestinian advocates who deem him as 'Genocide Joe'

Reuters May 21, 2024
U.S. President Joe Biden mingles with the crowd including Tiffany Haddish and Ginnifer Goodwin after giving a speech while hosting a celebration for Jewish American Heritage Month in the Rose Garden at the White House, in Washington, US, May 20, 2024. REUTERS/Leah Millis


US President Joe Biden strongly defended Israel on Monday, saying Israeli forces are "not committing genocide" in their military campaign against the Hamas resistance group in Gaza in a rejection of criticism from pro-Palestinian protesters.

"What's happening in Gaza is not genocide. We reject that," Biden alleged at a Jewish American Heritage Month event at the White House.

Biden has faced protests at many of his events around the country from pro-Palestinian advocates who have labelled him "Genocide Joe" for his steadfast support for Israel's war crimes in Gaza.

In remarks at the White House event, Biden stressed his belief that Israel was the "victim" dating back to the October 7 attack on southern Israel by Palestinian resistance group Hamas who allegedly killed 1,200 people and took hundreds of captives.

He said US support for the safety and security of Israelis is "ironclad."

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"We stand with Israel to take out (Hamas leader Yahya) Sinwar and the rest of the "butchers" of Hamas.

We want Hamas defeated. We're working with Israel to make that happen," he added.

Negotiations have stalled between Israel and Hamas in trying to gain the freedom of sick, elderly and wounded hostages still held by the militants, but Biden vowed not to give up trying to gain their release.

"We're going to get them home, we're going to get 'em home, come hell or high water," Biden said.

Biden has also called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, something that he reiterated in his commencement speech at Morehouse College on Sunday

Biden also rejected the International Criminal Court's prosecutor for saying he had requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defence chief over war crimes.

The ICC prosecutor on Monday also said he requested arrest warrants for Hamas chief Sinwar and two other Hamas leaders.

Biden in recent months has faced growing political pressure from his own party over his handling of the Gaza conflict, as the Palestinian death toll climbed to more than 35,000 people, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, and Israel's siege has created dire humanitarian conditions in the territory.


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