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"Free Palestine" rally in Dearborn on May 15. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Arab American activists are planning a series of protests on Tuesday during President Biden's visit to Dearborn, Michigan, which has one of the highest percentage of Arab Americans of any U.S. city, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Why it matters: Arab American activists are outraged over Biden's public support of Israel's military operation in Gaza, which has killed more than 200 Palestinians, including 61 children.

  • The fighting began when Hamas militants launched rockets at Jerusalem in response to heavy-handed policing against protests related to Israel's planned eviction of several Palestinian families.
  • 12 people in Israel have been killed in rocket attacks, per AP.

The big picture: The White House released a statement on Saturday reaffirming Biden's "strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza," while stressing the importance of protecting civilians.

  • Biden on Monday expressed support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas for the first time.
  • An Israeli official told Axios that Biden's "overall message was that they support us but want this to end."

The state of play: Biden is set to visit the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn and will deliver remarks from the plant at 1:40 p.m.

  • The first protest will take place at 10 a.m. at the American Moslem Society, which is located close to the Ford Rouge plant.
  • The next protest will take place at 1 p.m. near the Dearborn police station, and the last protest is scheduled to occur at 1:30 p.m. in Lapeer Park.

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May 17, 2021 - World

Biden backs Gaza ceasefire for first time in call with Netanyahu

Biden with Netanyahu in 2010. Photo: Debbi Hill/Pool/ Getty Images

President Biden expressed support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in a call on Thursday evening with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said in a statement.

Why it matters: This is the first time since the beginning of the crisis last Monday that Biden or anyone in his administration has publicly backed a ceasefire. It will increase pressure on Israel to seek an end to the conflict, which Netanyahu has insisted will continue until Hamas' ability to attack Israel is further degraded.

May 16, 2021 - World

Most of Congress silent on Israeli-Palestinian fighting

A Palestinian boy mourns an airstrike victim on Sunday. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

The pitched criticism by conservatives over progressive outrage about the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians overshadows a larger silence by the vast majority of Congress.

Why it matters: In the largely permissive environment, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ratcheting up its military engagement in Gaza. The death toll is rising, and a spectacular weekend attack leveled a building housing the Associated Press and other outside media.

May 16, 2021 - World

Israel to continue Gaza operation, officials rule out cease-fire for now

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz (L) on May 9, 2021. Photo: AMIT SHABI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The Israeli security cabinet on Sunday decided to continue the Gaza operation, according to military plans. Israeli officials said a cease-fire is not on the table right now.

Why it matters: There was a growing feeling within the military and senior defense establishment ahead of the cabinet meeting that Israel should start moving toward ending the operation.