Anti-Israel demonstrators mobbed a Democratic Party of California event Saturday, leading to it being shut down. This follows a high-profile incident last week in which demonstrators attempted to break into the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in Washington D.C.
Hundreds of protesters approached a Sacramento building hosting the California Democratic Party’s convention. The crowd held a number of signs calling for an end to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Before 6 p.m. the group entered the building, causing chaos, including demonstrators wearing face coverings. The protesters began waving Palestinian flags and beating drums. Among the chants shouted by the group was that “Resistance is justified when people are occupied.”
Some of the protesters targeted President Joe Biden, calling him “Genocide Joe.”
Videos from outside the convention center show protesters banging drums and shouting “shut it down.”
@MBandurKCRA California Democratic Convention SHUT DOWN in Sacramento in solidarity with Palestinians being targeted for #genocide by American tax payer funded bombs #CeasefireNow pic.twitter.com/TiJFcFjowH
— Shake The Gate (@shakethegate) November 19, 2023
The state Democratic Party decided to cancel the later events of the convention, citing the “safety and security of our delegates and convention participants.”
One of the participants of the convention said that it was difficult to hear the chant “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” Critics of the Palestinian cause believe that the chant signifies the destruction of the state of Israel.
One Jewish delegate to the convention called on the Democratic Party to condemn the efforts to “disrupt our assembly.” The delegate further said she was “eagerly anticipating meaningful comment from my party on hate speech and violence targeting the Jewish community.”
Last week, hundreds of protesters attempted to rush the headquarters of the Democratic Committee, causing some parts of the U.S. Capitol complex to be shut down.
The resulting clashes with police resulted in several arrests.
Another November protest saw demonstrators tagging police cars and chanting outside the New York Times.
The protests in Washington and Sacramento are among the dozens that have broken out since the Hamas terrorist attacks on Oct. 7 that killed about 1,200 civilians and kidnapped hundreds more.