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An active-duty airman's death underscored how strongly some Americans oppose Israel’s military actions in Gaza.

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Police take security measures and investigate the crime scene after 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell, an active-duty member of the US Air Force, set himself on fire Sunday outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C

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An active-duty airman's death underscored how strongly some Americans oppose Israel’s military actions in Gaza.

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25-year-old Aaron Bushnell set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, on Sunday in what he called an “extreme act of protest” over the Israel-Hamas war. In a video he livestreamed on Twitch, Bushnell can be heard saying he would “no longer be complicit in genocide” and repeatedly shouting “free Palestine.” He later died from his injuries. Bushnell is believed to be the second person in the US to self-immolate to protest the war. His death comes amid differing views on how Israel, with US support, has responded to the conflict.


Since the beginning of the war, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protests. With the war in its fifth month, Americans are split about Israel’s response. One poll found that 50% of American adults believe Israel’s actions in Gaza have “gone too far,” while about 50% believe that the country's response has “been about right” or has “not gone far enough.” Within the Biden admin, there have been resignations and calls for President Biden to evaluate the US’s support of Israel. Still, one poll found that 46% of Democrats support Biden’s handling of the conflict. Another poll shows that 74% of Jewish voters support Biden’s actions. It all comes as divided viewpoints on the war have also put a spotlight on college campuses and workplaces.


Hamas’s attack on October 7 killed 1,200 people in Israel, and Gaza’s health authorities say nearly 30,000 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the war. As negotiations over a cease-fire continue, the US is dealing with internal divisions over its handling of the war.


  • Cease-Fire: Yesterday, President Biden said he’s hopeful that Israel and Hamas will agree to a temporary cease-fire by next Monday — ahead of Ramadan. It comes as Israel’s war cabinet signed off on broad terms that include a six-week pause in exchange for the release of hostages and the entry of aid trucks into Gaza.

  • West Bank: Yesterday, the Palestinian Authority’s government resigned. The PA runs part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The resignation comes as the US and allies have pressured the PA to create reforms in hopes that it can govern Gaza post-war. For now, the PA’s government is expected to remain in a caretaker capacity until a new one is formed.

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