Actor Cynthia Nixon joined state legislators and Palestinian rights advocates in a hunger strike outside the White House. The protest, which began on Monday, is a direct challenge to the US government's support of the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
A Call for Ceasefire and Compassion
Cynthia Nixon stood alongside fellow protesters to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. During a news conference, the group criticized President Joe Biden for his role in backing the Israeli offensive and called for an end to the violence that has ravaged the region.
The hunger strike is part of a broader movement urging for peace, encompassing activists, artists, politicians, and even US government staff members. Despite the growing calls for a ceasefire, President Biden has maintained steadfast support for Israel, recently pledging over $14 billion in additional aid — a move that critics argue contributes to the conflict.
The Human Cost of Conflict
At the heart of Monday’s protest was a strong message against the destruction and loss of life in Gaza. The demonstrators highlighted that most Americans support a ceasefire, contrasting with the current stance of the US administration.
The scale of the devastation in Gaza, where over 14,800 Palestinians have died, has drawn international concern, with UN experts warning of severe risks to the Palestinian population. Iman Abid, an organizer with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), voiced a poignant question: “How many more Palestinians must be killed before you call for a ceasefire, President Biden?” Despite the grim backdrop, there is a glimmer of hope.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a four-day truce, which has been extended by two days to facilitate further prisoner exchanges. This development has reinforced the belief among hunger-strikers that diplomacy, not military action, is the key to resolving the Gaza crisis.
A Personal Appeal from Nixon
Cynthia Nixon used her platform to draw attention to the severe impact of the conflict on civilians, including the deaths of journalists and UN workers and the destruction of neighborhoods. She made a personal appeal to President Biden, known for his empathetic approach, urging him to consider the children of Gaza as his own.
“We implore him that this current ceasefire must continue, and we must build off it to begin to negotiate a more permanent peace,” Nixon stated. She emphasized the need to halt the use of American funds in contributing to the suffering of Palestinians, concluding with a powerful reminder: “‘Never again’ means never again — for anyone”.