Protesters at White House call for elimination of Jewish state

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

A crowd of protesters from a pro-Palestinian rally earlier today in Washington have marched to the gate of the White House, where they are filmed chanting, “We don’t want a Jewish state. We want ‘48!”

The chant is a reference to the year 1948, when five Arab armies attacked the fledgling state of Israel seeking its destruction.

A group of protesters dip their hands in red paint and smear the concrete posts along the White House outer fence to symbolize blood being shed in Gaza.

Tens of thousands of people participated in today’s rally at Freedom Square near the White House.

Rapper Macklemore was one of the most high-profile participants to address the rally, saying, “I don’t know everything, but I know enough that this is a genocide.”

There were no immediate reports of arrests from the protest.

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