Biden slammed for attending pro-Israel megadonor's fundraiser after vetoing Gaza ceasefire

Los Angeles, California - President Joe Biden sparked outrage for attending a campaign fundraiser organized by a pro-Israel megadonor just hours after his administration vetoed yet another UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

President Joe Biden is facing criticism for attending a high-dollar fundraiser hosted by a pro-Israel megadonor just hours after his administration vetoed a Gaza ceasefire resolution before the UN Security Council.
President Joe Biden is facing criticism for attending a high-dollar fundraiser hosted by a pro-Israel megadonor just hours after his administration vetoed a Gaza ceasefire resolution before the UN Security Council.  © Chip Somodevilla / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

During his Tuesday speech, Biden slammed Donald Trump and the Republican Party for "dragging us back to the past and not leading us to the future." He also once again blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for opposition figure Alexei Navalny's death in an Arctic prison, according to Deadline.

The event took place at the LA home of Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban, although the billionaire was not in attendance after testing positive for Covid-19. Tickets for the event ranged from $3,300 to $250,000.

Saban has a history of making big-money donations to pro-Israel Democrats. In 2022, he gave $1 million to United Democracy Project, a super PAC affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is aiming to unseat the progressive congressional Squad this year.

Trump complains about New York courtroom in latest hush money trial rant
Donald Trump Trump complains about New York courtroom in latest hush money trial rant

IfNotNow, a Jewish group that has been vocal in support of Palestinian liberation, pointed out on X that Saban also has a track record of dangerous Islamophobic rhetoric.

The group shared a quote from Saban in a 2015 interview with TheWrap, in which he said, "I'm not suggesting we put Muslims through some kind of torture room to get them to admit they are or they're not terrorists. But I am saying we should have more scrutiny."

United States vetoes UN Security Council ceasefire resolution

Pro-Palestine activists raise a sign reading "Genocide Joe Has Got 2 Go" in front of the White House in Washington DC.
Pro-Palestine activists raise a sign reading "Genocide Joe Has Got 2 Go" in front of the White House in Washington DC.  © Roberto SCHMIDT / AFP

The Biden campaign fundraiser took place the same day the United States vetoed a third resolution before the UN Security Council calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Meanwhile, many Americans of all backgrounds are rising up to demand the Biden administration stop providing military and diplomatic support for Israel's relentless attacks on the people of Gaza, with Tuesday's event only fanning the flames of public ire.

"The American Muslim community is running out of words to describe our feelings about the Biden administration’s support for the Gaza genocide," Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement after the UN vote.

Marjorie Taylor Greene says deporting Laken Riley would have saved her life in bizarre claim
Marjorie Taylor Greene Marjorie Taylor Greene says deporting Laken Riley would have saved her life in bizarre claim

"The latest U.S. veto of a UN ceasefire resolution is shameful. President Biden should stop acting like Benjamin Netanyahu’s defense lawyer and start acting like the President of the United States," he added.

With US backing, Israel has killed over 29,000 Palestinians since October and forcibly displaced nearly 2 million more.

Cover photo: Collage: ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP & CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

More on Joe Biden: