US Government employees, from the State Department to NASA, have demanded through open letters that President Joe Biden demand a cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas.
Congressional staffers took microphones outside the Capitol, condemning what they said was silence from federal lawmakers at the expense of Palestinian civilians.
Amid the rising death toll in Gaza, Biden and the US Congress are facing challenges in their support for Israel’s offensive. Hundreds of administration and Capitol Hill employees signed letters, spoke to reporters, and held vigils to shift the US position into concrete action to prevent the deaths of Palestinian casualties in the conflict.
“Most of our bosses on Capitol Hill don’t listen to the people they represent,” a congressional staffer said at a protest this month.
The stance of federal employees on US military support for the Israeli campaign stems from the changes taking place in American society. Diversity is also reflected in the federal workforce, with many officials of Muslim and Arab descent.
Polls also show that public opinion about the United States’ ally, Israel, is changing, as more and more people express their opposition to the right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
All executive branch and congressional protest organizers spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, citing professional fear and other repercussions.