President Biden is facing criticism from a group of Muslim leaders in key swing States.
Here are the details of the news.
Joe Biden Confronted With New Headache in Critical Swing States
The United States President Joe Biden‘s reelection campaign has been facing a blow as some Muslims have been raising their voice against him since Saturday.
A group of Muslim leaders from several swing states are protesting against Biden’s reelection campaign for his refusal to support a ceasefire related to the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.
There has been an ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip. The war began after Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, 2023.
According to the Associated Press, 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s deadliest attack. At the same time, officials from the health ministry in Gaza informed that around 13,300 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes that were launched to retaliate against Hamas’ attack.
Expressing their concern over the well-being of Palestinian residents during the attack, people protested in demand of a ceasefire in Gaza.
However, their voice seems to be unheard. Pro-Palestinian protestors and progressive Congress members have criticized President Biden for not supporting a ceasefire.
Furthermore, Muslim community leaders from the swing states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have launched their nationwide AbandonBiden campaign at a press conference in Dearborn, Michigan.
Jaylani Hussein, Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) director, said, “We believe that we are not going to allow this country to continue to uplift the military-industrial complex and continue to get us into wars and continue to not value life.”
“And also use our resources that are precious to many Americans for war rather than for peace and for harmony around the world,” added Hussain. CAIR is not endorsing this protest.
The protest appears to endanger Biden’s presidential bid, who won against former President Donald Trump in key swing states in the 2020 Presidential election.
In a recent poll conducted on 500 Arab American voters by the Arab American Institute, only 17% said they would cast their vote for Biden in the 2024 Presidential election.
Hussain said, “American Muslims are shocked and dismayed that we have historically voted for the Democrats, and here we voted for President Biden, and he is unable to see that humanity in Palestinian children.”
He added, “This is not a debate within the Muslim community. The overwhelming majority of Muslims have told us and shared with us in our mosques and our community groups that they can never see themselves voting for the president in the upcoming election.”
It now remains to see how the protest by Muslim leaders affects Biden’s 2024 reelection bid.
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