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Biden plays down Palestinian genocide, calls it Gaza 'humanitarian crisis'

US President Joe Biden speaks at the Morehouse College Commencement on May 19, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by AFP)

US President Joe Biden has downplayed the ongoing Israeli genocidal war against the Palestinians in Gaza, prompting some of the students to turn their backs in disgust.

Biden, who was addressing students for commencement at Morehouse College on Sunday, spurred some graduates to turn their backs after the 81-year-old Commander in Chief of the US Army revealed his blatant support for the atrocious Israeli regime by playing down the genocide.

“It’s a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, that’s why I’ve called for an immediate ceasefire," Biden claimed.

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His appearance at Morehouse College, which is historically a Black men's college in Atlanta, was part of his election campaign aimed at repairing bonds with young Black men and addressing their frustrations over his stubborn pro-Israeli stance. "I know it angers and frustrates many of you including in my family."

Biden, however, was largely uninterrupted during his speech except for the protesting students who turned their chairs around to turn their backs to him, one graduate who appeared to hold up a Palestinian flag briefly, and an audience member who stood up and turned their back with their fist raised.

Meanwhile, the months-long Israeli genocide of Palestinians trapped in the besieged Gaza Strip riles college students across the world.

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The pro-Palestinian student protests came after the Israeli regime forces launched the genocidal war on the defenseless Palestinian civilians, mostly women and children, trapped in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Israeli regime forces launched their brutal genocide after Palestinian resistance groups carried out a retaliatory operation on October 7. Since then, the Israeli war on Gaza has killed at least 35,456 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured over 79,366 others.


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