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Biden delivers State of the Union speech while under fire for supporting genocide

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US President Joe Biden’s unwavering support for Israeli genocide in Gaza has earned him the nickname “Genocide Joe” and made it necessary to hide from constituents on the campaign trail due to the frequency of pro-Palestine disruptions at his events.

On 7 March, Biden gave the annual State of the Union address amid protests from lawmakers themselves on his Gaza policy.

When Biden began to bring up Gaza in his speech, Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian in Congress, was joined by several other progressive representatives in holding up signs that said “Lasting ceasefire now”.

Outside of the Capitol, where Biden gave his speech, hundreds of protesters gathered to hold a People’s State of the Union and blocked the major streets outside the building.

The protest was large enough to cause Biden’s motorcade to take the ‘long way’ to the House of Representatives chamber to give his address, delaying his speech.

Protesters held banners that read “Biden’s legacy is genocide” and “The people demand: Stop arming Israel”.

During Biden’s speech, he claimed he is directing the US military to build a temporary pier on the Gaza coast that would increase the amount of humanitarian aid entering the strip.

At least five people were killed on 8 March after being struck by aid dropped into Gaza via planes.

The US has been carrying out aid drops, despite the danger posed by them, in lieu of pressuring Israel to open land routes to allow aid trucks to move into Gaza freely. – Peoples Dispatch/Globetrotter News Service

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