More than ten thousand Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military in the past 4 weeks, including more than four thousand children.
Demonstrators gathered outside of Padilla's office with signs that read "Ceasefire now: no more money for Israel's crimes," "Senator Padilla: Stop Funding Genocide of Palestinians" and "Jews for a Free Palestine." Several people gave speeches and demonstrators wrote letters and called the Senator's office demanding he introduce a resolution in the Senate calling for a ceasefire. Four organizers of the event, two Jewish and two Palestinian, attempted to deliver the letters to Senator Padilla's office. They were denied entry to the Senator's office and left letters from hundreds of constituents outside his door.
Oren Robinson, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace San Diego said, "The U.S. government is enabling the Israeli government's atrocities by sending billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars and pledging blanket support and international cover for any actions taken by the Israeli government. We are here to demand our elected representatives stop supporting genocide of Palestinians."
Yasmeen, a member of the San Diego for Palestine coalition, stated, "Senator Padilla, we need you to be on the right side of history. We need you to stop funding the Israeli government's crimes against the people of Palestine and call for a ceasefire and an end to the siege on Gaza."
Lily Ostrer, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace San Diego, stated "Our Jewish values compel us to speak out against Israel's atrocities against Palestine and the indiscriminate killing of Palestinians. We demand that the US government stop funding the genocide of the Palestinian people and call for a cease-fire immediately. We know that a humanitarian pause is not the solution. The only path toward peace and justice is a ceasefire and an end to Israel's occupation of Palestine."
The demonstrators vowed to continue calling and showing up to Senator Padilla's office until he calls for a ceasefire and an end to Israel's war crimes against the people of Palestine.