President Joe Biden is sending senior advisers to Michigan to meet with Arab-American and Muslim leaders over criticism that the White House is not doing enough to demand a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
One of the people invited to the meeting is University of Michigan neurosurgeon Dr. Yamaan Saadeh, who’s been trying to get his family out of Gaza.
“You know, there has to be a mechanism to allow and to help families of Palestinian-Americans to leave Gaza,” Saadeh said.
The Detroit Free Press reports Deputy Wayne County Executive Assad Turfe, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mariam Bazzi, Dearborn Attorney Ali Dagher, and Arab-American news publisher Osama Siblani will attend the meeting. The White House has not officially announced the visit.
Arab-Americans and Muslims want Biden to do more to stop Israel’s counterattack, which has been ongoing since October, when Hamas attacked southern Israel.
“Overall, we’re grateful that President Biden is sending senior aides, you know, I think that’s kind of the bare minimum, but it’s still not enough.”