Macklemore said he didn’t expect to give a speech at the pro-Palestine demonstration on Saturday (Nov. 4) in Washington, D.C. But he found himself at a podium in front of the thousands of protesters who showed up to call for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and the militant terror group Hamas.
“First and foremost, this is absolutely beautiful to observe today,” the rapper said of the crowd in front of him.
“I didn’t expect to be on a microphone,” said Macklemore. “There are thousands of people here more qualified to speak on the issue of a free Palestine than myself.”
“But I will say this,” Macklemore continued. “They told me to be quiet. They told me to do my research, to go back, that it’s too complex to say something, right? To be silent in this moment. In the last three weeks I’ve gone back and I’ve done some research … I’m teachable. I don’t know enough. But I know enough that this is a genocide.”
Saturday’s protest was in response to Israel’s retaliation for the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attacks, which killed more than 1,400 people. Since then, the Israeli military’s response has killed more than 9,000 people in Gaza, according to reports from CNN, with a large…