Gaza, MINA – A group of US state legislators, activists and actors launched a five-day hunger strike on Monday outside the White House calling for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza, Anadolu Agency reports.
Among the strikers sitting in front of the White House are actor Cynthia Nixon and state legislators from New York and Delaware as well as activists from various organizations such as the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) and the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and prominent Muslim, Jewish and allied leaders.
Nixon, an American actor, said the week after Thanksgiving, a significant holiday in the US, sees people becoming distracted and unfocused due to the coming Christmas holiday in December.
She expressed concern that amid this distraction, the momentum built to stop the bombing and killing in Gaza, both within the US and globally, might be lost.
“And we are hunger-striking as a way of amplifying that yes, Palestinians are being bombed and killed, but they’re also being starved, and so many of them are on the brink of starvation,” she told Anadolu.
Nixon said 70% of the nearly 15,000 Palestinians killed in the last seven weeks are women and children, calling it “unprecedented.”
“This is more people than were killed by the US and its allies in 20 years of war in Afghanistan,” she said.
The strike came as Qatar announced the extension of the temporary humanitarian pause in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas for two additional days.
However, those who are attending the hunger strike in front of the White House think the pause needs to be “permanent.”
New York State Representative Zohran Mamdani told Anadolu that although he welcomes the extension of the pause, it needs to become permanent.
“It needs to become a cease-fire,” he said.
“The world that we are fighting for is one where every family is united. And the only way we can get there is through a cease-fire. It is not through bombing, it is not through war,” he said.
On the message of the hunger strike, Mamdani said: “The message that I’m giving is to President (Joe) Biden, to call on him to demand an immediate cease-fire.” (T/RE1/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)