In a powerful display of unity and conviction, a coalition of over 40 White House interns from various executive branch offices has penned a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, urging them to call for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The interns, representing diverse backgrounds including Palestinian, Arab, Black, Muslim, Christian, Latinx, Asian, White, and Queer Jewish individuals, expressed their deep concern over the administration’s unwavering support for Israel in the face of the devastating violence perpetrated by both sides.
The letter emphasizes the interns’ unwavering commitment to the shared values of justice and peace that they believe the Biden-Harris administration embodies. However, they express their disappointment and distress at the ongoing violence inflicted by the Israeli government and the dehumanizing rhetoric that further exacerbates the situation. They highlight specific incidents, such as the tragic shooting of three Palestinian students in Vermont and the murder of a 6-year-old Palestinian boy in Chicago, as emblematic of the immense human toll that the conflict has exacted.
While the Biden administration has argued that calling for a ceasefire would only benefit Hamas, the interns contend that such a stance disregards the pleas of the American people and undermines the administration’s commitment to justice and peace. They firmly call on the leaders to demand an immediate and permanent ceasefire, as well as the release of all hostages, including Palestinian political prisoners.
This letter from the White House interns adds to President Biden’s growing chorus of criticism for his pro-Israel stance during the conflict. Even within his administration and party, voices have expressed concerns about the lack of balance and the potential long-term consequences of such unwavering support. State Department staffers and former aides from Vice President Harris’ presidential campaign have previously called for a change in the administration’s approach.
Moreover, the interns’ letter underscores the potential political ramifications of Biden’s stance, particularly among young Democratic voters. Some individuals within this voting bloc have expressed their disillusionment and even threatened to withhold their support in the upcoming 2024 election due to what they perceive as a betrayal of their expectations. These sentiments highlight the urgent need for the administration to reevaluate its approach and consider the broader implications of its support for Israel.
In the end, the alliance of White House interns aims to underscore to President Biden and Vice President Harris their ability to advocate for justice and peace. They earnestly urge the leaders to endorse a diplomatic resolution that tackles the underlying issues of the conflict, such as the illegal occupation and Israeli apartheid. They contend that the administration holds the key to playing a pivotal role in nurturing a durable and fair resolution in accordance with international law, thereby paving the path toward a liberated Palestine.