Cynthia Nixon Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Israel-Hamas Conflict

Cynthia Nixon is going on a hunger strike to protest the Israel-Hamas war.

The Sex and the City star joined a group of progressive lawmakers at a protest rally outside the White House Monday where they called for a permanent Israeli ceasefire in Gaza. The 57-year-old actress and activist confirmed she’s embarking on a hunger strike for two days. The idea is to call attention to the plight of Palestinians who are struggling to find food and water due to Israel’s blockade.

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“We are here hunger-striking just to sort of mirror to [President] Biden the kind of deprivation that is happening in Gaza and how he has it within his power to make a ceasefire happen,” Nixon said at the rally, according to Time and Times of Israel. “None of this is normal. None of this is routine and none of this can be allowed to continue.”

A temporary ceasefire is currently underway as part of an agreement to pause hostilities in exchange for hostages who were kidnapped by the terror group Hamas during its infiltration into Israel that began on Oct. 7.

Nixon, a former New York gubernatorial candidate in 2017, was joined by Democratic lawmakers Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton, Rep. Zohran Mamdani, Rep. Mauree Turner, Rep. Sam Rasoul and Rep. Abraham Aiyash. Some of the lawmakers are doing a hunger strike for up to five days.

Mamdani told Time that she hopes the protest will “bring attention to the fact that the U.S. government, our president and our congressional leaders are funding this policy of starvation. We send American taxpayer money to bomb communities in Gaza, and I don’t think our president is using his leverage to the extent that he could to bring about a permanent ceasefire … The United States is not simply a witness to this genocide. It’s an actor in this genocide.”

The Israel-Hamas war has left more than 1,200 people dead in Israel, according to the Israeli prime minister’s office, with Israeli officials prior to the ceasefire saying Hamas was holding roughly 240 hostages in Gaza. Subsequent Israeli strikes on Gaza to destroy Hamas and its terror network infrastructure have killed at least 14,000 people, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry. Gaza has been declared a humanitarian crisis, with widespread fuel, food and water shortages and a lack of supplies getting through to residents. The ceasefire began on Friday, and 58 hostages have been released thus far, but the pause in fighting is expected to end on Wednesday.

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