Palestinian American doctor says he walked out of Biden Ramadan meeting in Gaza protest

WASHINGTON — A Palestinian American physician who joined a small group assembly with President Biden on the White Home on Tuesday in recognition of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan claims he walked out in protest of Biden’s assist for the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Thaer Ahmad, a Chicago emergency room doctor who not too long ago labored in Gaza, stated he was the primary of six company to talk on the assembly and talked about that Gaza residents are “ravenous” earlier than pertaining to concern a few looming Israeli offensive in Rafah, the final main metropolis held by Hamas.

“It was very temporary feedback by the president saying he needs to listen to from us and he needs to take heed to us. And so I spoke first, and I let him know that I’m from a neighborhood that’s reeling,” Ahmad told CNN Tuesday evening.

“The rhetoric that has been popping out of the Biden administration, that’s been popping out of the White Home, it’s pissed off lots of people — particularly for Palestinian Individuals, Muslim Individuals, Arab Individuals. We aren’t happy with what has taken place.”

Ahmad went on: “I used to be in a position to share that with the president and let him know that out of respect for my neighborhood, out of respect for all the individuals who have suffered or have been killed within the course of, I must stroll out of the assembly.”

The physician additional claimed that he informed Biden “it was disappointing I’m the one Palestinian right here, and out of respect for my neighborhood, I’m going to depart.

“I wished an opportunity to face up and stroll away from the individuals making selections the best way they’re strolling [away] from my individuals.”

In response, Biden “truly stated that he understood, and I walked away,” added Ahmad, who claimed that he gave the president a letter from an 8-year-old orphan lady in Rafah named Hadeel.

The letter, in accordance with Ahmad, learn: “I urge you, President Biden, cease them from coming into Rafah.”

White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to substantiate Ahmad’s account Wednesday at her common briefing, saying in response to questions that the gathering “was presupposed to be non-public” and refusing to say whether or not Biden learn the kid’s letter.

“I’m not going to talk to contents of a non-public assembly — simply not going to do this from right here,” she stated, including, “We’re going to maintain our facet of the promise.”

In February, Biden revealed the information in regards to the cease-fire whereas visiting an ice cream parlor with Meyers. Picture by JIM WATSON/AFP by way of Getty Photos

One other assembly attendee, Philadelphia ICU physician Nahreen Ahmed, corroborated Ahmad’s account.

“This was not him as a physician, this was him as a Palestinian American, having witnessed the atrocities that he noticed firsthand,” she informed CNN.

“Thaer and I had been each in Gaza collectively. We watched far too many individuals killed, coming in lifeless on arrival within the emergency room.”

“I felt like perhaps this was not essentially a gathering the place something actionable was meant to occur, or be promised, however that it was that — it actually felt prefer it was type of a PR transfer, to have the ability to say, ‘We met with the Muslim neighborhood,’” Ahmed added.

The Philly physician went on to say that after the company had completed talking, Biden spoke in regards to the Oct. 7 shock assault by Hamas that killed 1,200 individuals — together with 33 Individuals — and triggered a declaration of conflict by Israel.

“He type of went again to that and stated, ‘You realize, I hear what all people’s saying, however like, take into consideration the younger people who had been killed on October 7.’ And it type of dismissed the over 30,000 individuals lifeless in Palestine,” Ahmed stated.

For months, Democrats have been calling on Biden to permit Palestinians within the US the flexibility to remain within the nation as Israel wages conflict on Hamas. WILL OLIVER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Ahmed additionally informed CNN she was shocked by Vice President Kamala Harris’ response after the veep requested about what Gazans had been consuming.

“I stated, ‘Properly, principally, they’re not consuming something. However, if you happen to’re asking in regards to the animals feed, like, sure, persons are consuming animal feed.’ And he or she regarded like she was listening to that for the primary time as a confirmed factor,” Ahmed stated.

The assembly was held in lieu of a deliberate Iftar dinner, which needed to be canceled as a result of Muslim neighborhood leaders refused to attend.

Biden as a substitute held a small meal with Muslim administration staffers, the White Home stated.

Folks participate in a protest in opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities. AP

The White Home didn’t present a listing of attendees of the greater than hourlong assembly with Biden and Harris.

Biden strongly supported Israel within the preliminary months of the conflict and visited the nation on Oct. 18, however has turn into more and more important about the necessity to stop civilian casualties. Final month, the US abstained on a United Nations Safety Council vote demanding an “quick cease-fire,” permitting it to go.

Polling reveals Muslim Individuals and Arab Individuals, who’re principally Christian, are ready to abandon Biden’s re-election bid in November — as hecklers repeatedly name him “Genocide Joe” at public occasions.

Arab and Muslim voters have substantial presences in swing states akin to Michigan, the place many residents have relations who’ve died within the preventing.

Former Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a Republican Senate candidate of Palestinian descent, revealed in October that several young Christian relatives of his had been among the many lifeless after Israel bombed a constructing adjoining to a historic Gaza church the place they had been sheltering.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), additionally of Palestinian descent, inspired fellow Mitten State voters to oppose Biden within the state’s presidential major in February by voting “uncommitted” as a general-election warning. “Uncommitted” received 13.3% of the vote.

Biden has referred to as on Israel to not invade Rafah with no plan to handle the truth that a lot of the Gaza Strip’s greater than 2 million residents are believed to have fled to the realm.

However within the meantime, the White Home has permitted extra weaponry for Israel.

Prior to now month, the US has signed off on the switch of 1,800 MK84 2,000-pound bombs and 500 MK82 500-pound bombs, the Washington Post reported — on prime of State Division approval of a $2.5 billion switch of 25 F-35A fighter jets and engines.

The administration additionally reportedly is making ready to approve the sale of fifty F-15 fighter jets to Israel for $18 billion.

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