Members of the anti-Israel lobby have staged yet another insurrection at the United States Capitol building. Pro-Hamas activists flooded the rotunda led by Linda Sarsour, a far-leftist agitator, to call for a ceasefire in the war in Gaza.
The incident was reminiscent of an earlier insurrection held by anti-Israel elements in October.
Police arrested “roughly 60” anti-Israel protesters inside the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday after a group led by controversial activist Linda Sarsour staged an illegal rally in the iconic venue.
“Not another nickel! Not another dime! No more money for Israel’s crimes!” chanted members of the group, holding “Stop Arming Israel” signs.
It is illegal to hold demonstrations inside the Capitol, though violators of the prohibition are inconsistently prosecuted by the DC US Attorney’s Office after being arrested.
“We were aware of a group’s potential plan to take a tour of the US Capitol Building and then start a protest,” Capitol Police said in a statement.
“It is against the law to demonstrate inside the Congressional Buildings, so we brought in additional officers to be prepared for the moment the group would break the law. The group was screened when they entered the building. Once they broke the law, roughly 60 people were immediately arrested for [violating] D.C. Code § 22–1307 — Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding.”
“NO MORE GENOCIDE!”— #StopCopCity (@ChuckModi1) December 19, 2023
Over 100 #FreePalestine protesters just staged disruption inside Capitol Rotunda to #StopArmingIsrael with $14B more This is very beginning of it. Rotunda closed off after 5 minutes. Arrests have already started. pic.twitter.com/2s7WtTVxQ5
How they got the signs into the Capitol Rotunda while on public tours is beyond me. I’ve been stopped carrying posters through the Rotunda multiple times and had to show staff ID just to bring charts to the House floor. pic.twitter.com/CFa8v6zAoJ— Ben Kamens (@BeeKamens) December 19, 2023
Combined with the 300 protesters who were arrested at the Capitol in mid-October, this means that about 360 insurrectionists should be facing years of jail time and solitary confinement. In fact, the number is likely higher since the FBI is going to track down the rest of those who were never arrested and take them into custody as well, right? Also, we can’t forget those who were never even at the Capitol in the first place, can we? They should also be arrested, especially if they sent text messages talking about the insurrection.
Alright, allow me to remove my tongue from my cheek for a moment.
Yes, the protest was not an actual insurrection, just like J6 was not an insurrection. But, the two events are being treated differently, as we recently saw with Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser's recent failure to call for protesters to be removed during the city's holiday celebrations. While hundreds of protesters were arrested, it will be a serious shock if any of them receive punishment on par with the individuals who committed the crime of walking peacefully around the building in 2021.