After handful of far-left protesters heckle him over Gaza, Biden says, ‘They have a point’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US President Joe Biden delivers a speech about healthcare at an event in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tuesday, March 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
US President Joe Biden delivers a speech about healthcare at an event in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tuesday, March 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)

Dozens of far-left, pro-Palestinian protesters have been heckling US President Joe Biden throughout his trip to Raleigh, North Carolina for a campaign event in the battleground state.

A group of them manage to briefly interrupt his remarks at an event promoting his administration’s healthcare agenda by shouting, “What about healthcare in Gaza?”

“Everybody deserves healthcare,” Biden responds.

One of the protesters then shouts, “Ceasefire now!”

To which, Biden responds, “They have a point… We need to get a lot more care into Gaza.”

“Women are being raped!” another extremist protester shouts, apparently referring to claims reported on Al Jazeera, which were subsequently taken down from the network’s news site.

The hecklers annoyed the crowd, which sought to shout them down, but Biden responded, “Be patient with them,” before carrying on with his remarks.

Earlier today, reporters pressed Biden regarding a potential Israeli offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, which the US opposes. “I don’t want to get into that. We have plenty of time to talk about Rafah,” he said.

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