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Biden’s Gaza Dilemma

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Biden had a full-blown political headache on his hands: A protest campaign against Biden’s support for Israel’s war in Gaza, organized by progressives and leaders from Michigan’s sizable Arab and Muslim American communities. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images
Peter Hamby
March 4, 2024

It would be a colossal understatement to say that the pro-Israel wing of the Democratic Party—which is to say, most establishment Democrats—watched the news coverage of last week’s Michigan primary with mere annoyance. President Joe Biden had a full-blown political headache on his hands: A protest campaign against Biden’s support for Israel’s war in Gaza, organized by progressives and leaders from Michigan’s sizable Arab and Muslim American communities.

When the final results were tallied, the “uncommitted” protest in Michigan had netted more than 100,000 votes. Not great, considering Biden only won Michigan by about 150,000 votes in 2020. Even so, Biden won the primary overwhelmingly, with 81 percent of the vote, as he continues his leisurely march to the 2024 nomination.