BIDEN'S BATTLEGROUND ELECTION
Newsweek US|May 31 - June 07, 2024 (Double Issue)
A small number of Democrats PROTESTING the president's support for Israel's war in Gaza could PREVENT him from winning a second term
DANIEL BUSH
BIDEN'S BATTLEGROUND ELECTION

AMERICANS AREN'T FIGHTING abroad in Ukraine or Gaza as they once did in Vietnam and Iraq. But growing protests over U.S. military support for Israel have increased the likelihood that 2024 may join 1968 as a rare foreign policy-influenced election-and the fallout could cost President Joe Biden in the critical battleground states he needs for reelection.

The young people, progressives, Arab and Muslim Americans and others-including some Jews-voicing outrage over the killing of tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza in Israel's war on Hamas make up a relatively small part of the electorate, though they've commanded outsized attention by clashing with police on college campuses in an echo of past protests over foreign wars.

But the 2024 election will come down to close races in swing states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia, and if enough Biden supporters stay home or vote for a third-party candidate, it could land former President Donald Trump back in the White House.

"President Biden is playing with fire here," Ahmad Abuznaid, the executive director of US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, told Newsweek. "The more death and destruction we see coming out of Gaza, the more people are fed up with it and the more they're questioning our support for the state of Israel," said Abuznaid, speaking on behalf of the group's political advocacy arm.

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