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Euphoria star Hunter Schafer arrested at pro-Palestinian protest in New York during Joe Biden TV appearance


Euphoria star Hunter Schafer was among dozens of people arrested during a pro-Palestinian protest in New York.

The actor, best known for playing Jules Vaughn in the hit HBO series, joined more than 100 protesters who gathered Monday in the lobby of NBCUniversal headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas Warorganizers confirmed on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old was among dozens of protesters arrested, they said, as US President Joe Biden was filming his television appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers.

Schafer was photographed wearing a black t-shirt that read “Ceasefire Now” as he was escorted out of the building by police.

Other protesters wore T-shirts with similar slogans while chanting “Let Gaza live” as President Biden’s motorcade arrived in the area, footage showed.

Schafer, who like many protesters also wore a face mask, was seen at one point sitting on the ground while others held a banner reading: “Jews to Biden: Stop Weaponizing Genocide.”

Demonstrators protest inside Rockefeller Center to call for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as US President Joe Biden attends an interview in midtown Manhattan, in New York, United States, February 26, 2024. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Protesters filled the lobby of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Photo: Reuters

Jewish Voice for Peace NYC, organizer of the protest, said Schafer attended the protest and that she and others are scheduled to appear in court next month.

“Hunter was arrested during the protest, along with 50 other people,” the group said in a statement to Sky’s US partner network NBC News.

“We salute his commitment to Palestinian freedom and a future of justice for all.”

Police said 30 people were arrested and summoned for trespassing and disorderly conduct.

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Mr Biden said on Monday he hoped for a ceasefire between Israel And Hamas could be secured by the end of the weekend.

Negotiations are underway for a one-week ceasefire to allow the release of hostages held in the country. Gaza by the militant group in exchange for Israel’s release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

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Biden ‘hopes’ for ceasefire in Gaza

Despite the president’s optimism, a Hamas spokesperson told Sky News on Tuesday it was “wishful thinking”.

Basem Naim refuted the president’s comment, telling Sky News that Hamas would not accept a deal without an absolute ceasefire.

“There are still gaps between what we are calling for, what we are demanding and what is being proposed by the other parties,” he said.


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