Apr 16, 2024 - News

San Antonio joins protests in support of Palestine

Protestors calling for a ceasefire with a sign in Spanish.

Pro-Palestine supporters rally in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 12, 2023. Photo: Miguel J. Rodríguez Carrillo/VIEWpress via Getty Images

Forty percent of Latino adults say the U.S. should push for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, including activists in San Antonio.

The latest: Local protestors supporting Palestine closed parts of two roads Monday near Valero Energy's headquarters on the Northwest Side, KENS 5 reported.

By the numbers: Just 16% of respondents to the latest Axios-Ipsos Latino Poll in partnership with Noticias Telemundo said the U.S. should continue to support Israel with arms and funds.

  • 39% said the U.S. should not be involved.
  • The poll surveyed 1,012 Latino adults between March 22 and March 28.

Zoom in: Separately, Graciela I. Sánchez, director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, tells Axios her organization has for years supported Palestinian causes.

  • Many Latinos — especially those informed by the political oppression that gave rise to the Chicano movement and civil wars in Central America — "have a perspective that's broader than just what's happening today," Sánchez says.
  • Sánchez says that the Israel-Hamas war has galvanized Latino youths in a way she'd never seen before.

The other side: Many Hispanics — in particular evangelical Christians — have expressed support for Israel.

  • Dozens of Hispanic Christian leaders earlier this year signed a letter supporting Israel in the war.

The intrigue: Latinos are part of a multi-ethnic coalition that President Biden needs to win re-election, and his support of Israel has become a vulnerability.

The big picture: A Gallup poll earlier found that public opinion has shifted since Hamas' Oct. 7 terrorist attacks sparked the war, with a majority of Americans now disapproving of Israel's military actions in Gaza.

Methodology: This Axios-Ipsos Latino Poll, in partnership with Noticias Telemundo, was conducted March 22-28 by Ipsos' KnowledgePanel. The poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,012 Hispanic/Latino adults age 18 or older.

  • The margin of sampling error is ±3.6 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample.
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