Do you want to quickly catch up on the latest news? These are the top news stories for Friday, 17 November 2023.
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1. Police in DC crack down on DC protestors calling for a truce
On Wednesday night, a group of Jewish protestors including members of Jewish Voice for Peace Action (JVPA) and IfNotNow Movement organized a candlelight rally near Capitol Hill to urge Congress to call for a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas. Demonstrators and police clashed, forcing Democratic leaders to be escorted out of the building.
Eva Borgwardt, IfNotNow’s national spokesperson, said in a statement, “Instead of heeding our call for a ceasefire, police violently attacked nonviolent protesters with pepper spray.”
Leadership from the other groups concurred, with Beth Miller, political director of Jewish Voice for Peace Action, saying in a statement that “hundreds of peaceful anti-war activists came to the DNC to call for an end to bombs and violence in order to save Palestinian and Israeli lives. The police brutally assaulted them.
2. David DePape, Paul Pelosi’s assailant, found guilty
David DePape, convicted of violently attacking Paul Pelosi in his office with a hammer by a federal jury…