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The White House hosts a smaller Iftar gathering amidst disagreements over Gaza policy

Protesters attend a rally in solidarity with the Palestinian people (Via Tim Robinson/Shutterstock)

The White House held a quieter iftar dinner to mark Ramadan, with President Biden meeting Muslim leaders before a small gathering that included Vice President Kamala Harris.

The scaled-back event happened because some invitees declined to attend, showing disagreements over Biden’s position on the Israel-Gaza conflict.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre explained the change, saying community leaders preferred a meeting rather than a dinner.

Dr. Thaer Ahmad, an ER doctor who worked in Gaza, left the meeting in protest, out of respect for his community and those affected by the conflict.

Despite assurances from Biden, Ahmad felt he needed to leave. This contrasts with last year’s Eid reception, where Biden celebrated enthusiastically. Muslim representatives like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who were there last year, now criticize Biden’s Gaza policy.

Emgage Action, a Muslim advocacy group, declined the dinner invitation, criticizing Biden’s military aid to Israel without conditions, which they say worsens the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Biden’s subdued iftar dinner underscores tensions over Gaza policy (Via Iris Southee/Getty Images)

Many people are frustrated with U.S. support for Israel’s military actions and how they affect civilians in Gaza. There were protests near the White House, showing dissatisfaction with the administration’s stance.

Biden’s interactions with Muslim communities are under scrutiny during these ongoing conflicts. The White House’s effort to honor traditions during Ramadan is overshadowed by complex geopolitical tensions.

As discussions about U.S. policies in the Middle East continue, Muslim voices want to be heard and have meaningful discussions to address humanitarian issues.

Despite disagreements over policy, the White House marks Ramadan with a quieter iftar dinner. Muslim leaders express frustration over Biden’s handling of the Gaza crisis, and protests show dissatisfaction with U.S. support for Israel amid regional conflicts.

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