EVANSTON, Ill. — A group of pro-Palestine demonstrators is blocking the street outside Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s home on Tuesday in Evanston.
They are angry over Schakowsky’s support for Israel.
It was organized by the U.S. Palestinian Community Network and attended by the Chicago Against Racist and Political Repression, Black Lives Matter Chicago, Rayo Counseling and Community Co-op and other organizations.
They are demanding Schakowsky calls to end all U.S. aid to Israel and drop the charges against seven protesters who shut down her office recently.
Schakowsky released the following statement in response to the protest.
As I have stated before, I call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, a major influx of humanitarian aid to the civilians in Gaza, coupled with the safe and swift return of all hostages taken by Hamas.
I respect the rights of the protestors at my home. Just today, I was on the House floor defending their first amendment right to protest, the right of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to express her views, and the freedom of speech of all Americans in our democracy.
As a Jewish American, this is extremely personal for me. I have always supported the existence of a Jewish and democratic state of Israel and believe Israel has a right to defend itself and its citizens, but at the same time, I have always adamantly supported justice for Palestinians, an end to the occupation, and a two-state solution guaranteeing the rights of all.