At a fundraiser in Minneapolis, President Biden was stopped to “demand a ceasefire”
Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg identifies as a “reconstructionist” rabbi on her website.
After then, she was taken out of the room.
President Biden was interrupted mid-speech at a fundraiser gathering in Minneapolis by Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, who fervently demanded an instant cease-fire.
Breaking: Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg is interrupting President Biden demanding a CEASEFIRE NOW. She is speaking on behalf of thousands of American Jews who say Not In Our Name! We refuse to allow a genocide be carried out in our names.
Ceasefire Now to save lives! pic.twitter.com/m5fR8OdoOk
— Jewish Voice for Peace (@jvplive) November 1, 2023
Who is Jessica Rosenberg?
Rabbi Rosenberg was removed out of the event quickly. He is connected to groups such as Bend the Arc: Jewish Action and the Radical Jewish Calendar initiative. President Biden replied in an unusual way, calling for a “humanitarian pause” and emphasizing the need of giving yourself enough time to obtain the release of detainees.
President Biden emphasized his attempts to convince Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek a truce and his talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to assist humanitarian measures as he worked to restore order. Rabbi Rosenberg’s repeated pleas for a rapid ceasefire elicited a mixed response from the crowd; some indicated support for Biden and others expressed disdain.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg is connected to Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that has drawn criticism from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). President Biden underlined that Israel has the right and obligation to protect its people from terrorism while abiding by international and humanitarian law, with a special emphasis on protecting civilians. This was said in spite of the disturbance.
Additionally, he noted the upsetting images from Gaza, highlighting the effects on Palestinian youngsters in particular. A child’s scream temporarily broke the tension in the proceedings and brought some lightness to the otherwise serious scene.