After criticizing Biden's Israel plans, pro-Palestinian White House interns fear 'witch hunt'
Some White House interns are reportedly "scared" that the Biden administration is going on a "witch hunt" to identify them because they signed a letter asking the president to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.
"We’re all very scared at the moment," an anonymous intern told the outlet, adding that it felt like the Biden administration was "on a witch hunt to find us."
According to a report in Fox News, it has been several days since dozens of interns at the White House signed a petition seeking a "permanent cease-fire" in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas forces.
The letter was sent to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The purported drama that occurred in the West Wing took place after the letter was written.
Significant divides have emerged on the left, between pro-Israel and anti-Israel elements, as a result of the war.
From The Letter
The letter declared, "We, the undersigned Fall 2023 White House and Executive Office of the President interns, will no longer remain silent on the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people. We are Palestinian, Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Black, Asian, Latin, White, and Queer."
"We heed the voices of the American people and call on the Administration to demand a permanent cease-fire," it said.
"We are not the decision makers of today, but we aspire to be the leaders of tomorrow, and we will never forget how the pleas of the American people have been heard and thus far, ignored," the communication continued.
According to the letter sent by the interns, Israel has been carrying out a "mass slaughter of innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip," and it is imperative that this practice be put to an immediate and total halt.
Immediately following the dissemination of the letter, interns expressed concern to Politico that they are anticipating punishment from the administration in the final moments of the Fall 2023 internship program.
The outlet described the feeling among the signatories, stating, "Right now, their only goal is to hand in their badge and make it off campus without being discovered as one of the letter signers."
Speaking with Politico, a White House official denied rumors of a "witch hunt" against the interns who signed the letter.