A rally on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg yesterday demanded a ceasefire in the Middle East

December 11 – Sunday, during the rainy weather, a few hundred people showed up in Harrisburg to call out Governor Josh Shapiro, Senator John Fetterman and Senator Bob Casey to demand a ceasefire in the Middle East. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “There was a larger group than I would have imagined. I saw some videos of it. This is a pro Palestine rally on a very bad weather day and they were marching down the streets of Harrisburg. Again the irony is many of these people are very frustrated with Shapiro. John Fetterman, oddly enough, he’s become one of the biggest proponents of Israel in Washington. The other day he had an Israeli flag draped around him and was taunting pro-Palestinian protesters. So these people are not happy with him. They’re not happy with Joe Biden. But yet they seem to keep having these rallies calling for the ceasefire.”

Over the weekend, Hamas announced they might actually kill all the remaining hostages they’re holding if they don’t get immediate concessions when it comes to humanitarian aid and other ceasefire mandates. 

Barkdoll said, “We don’t know yet what Israel is going to do in response to that, but I’m sure in Israel that’s getting a lot of attention today because one of their main goals has been to get those hostages safely and freely out of Gaza. That now looks like it could be in jeopardy today.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “But you don’t negotiate with terrorists. These hostages as everyone knew were taken for this strategy. This is why they have these hostages being held. We already know they’re holding back the female hostages. Why? Maybe because they were abused in ways we don’t want these female hostages to report. You already hear that there’s denial that any of these Israeli women were raped before they were killed, the people that were killed that horrible day of terroristic carnage. It’s amazing to me. Where are the women’s groups? Where are all the beliefs women believe? We’re going to believe terrorists over women? You already have people in these mobs on these college campuses, saying things like that. There’s a horrible poll that came out showing that under 25 in this country, one in five doesn’t even believe the Holocaust happened. We used to laugh about that or think it was horrible, actually, when you heard oh, the skinheads in Europe deny the Holocaust. These are leftist students, Democratic, very activist, progressive leftist students who are denying the Holocaust or Muslim students or Muslim young people denying the Holocaust. There’s something really bad going on here. I would say, we mentioned Amy Wax being a far right professor. You don’t have mobs of students coming out and acting on her teaching. However, you have mobs of students coming out and acting on this progressive, leftist occupier versus occupied teaching. So there’s something very, very wrong going on with all of this.”

Barkdoll noted, “There’s just so much disinformation and misinformation, like that poll you’re citing, I mean, something is wrong when you’ve got a fifth of respondents saying that they think the Holocaust is fake. You’re seeing this in these rallies, there’s a thread of this and some of these rallies, a lot of the information on which they are relying and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. It’s going to be very interesting to see how this continues to unfold.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is scheduled to be in Washington, DC, tomorrow to meet with President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Mike Johnson. 

Barkdoll said, “Some of this is also part of this Israeli aid package. Congress only has four session days left this year, and there’s a lot of debate in Washington, what do they do about Israeli aid? There’s a lot of people pushing back, don’t just keep giving these checks to Israel. We know that Biden wants to package it with Ukraine aid. Will Zelenskyy get into issues that involve Israel when he meets tomorrow with Biden and Speaker Johnson? Speaker Johnson, by the way, is signaling strong support for more aid to Ukraine. So this is all getting to be a very complicated situation to sort out in Washington as well.”