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Macklemore Releases Controversial Song Criticizing President Biden’s Support for Israel

Macklemore, the acclaimed rapper known for his hit song “Thrift Shop,” recently made a bold statement by declaring that he will not be voting for President Biden in the 2024 general election. His decision stems from President Biden’s support for Israel’s war against Hamas. In his song titled “Hind’s Hall,” released on his Instagram account, Macklemore expresses strong support for the anti-Israel protesters who have been disrupting college and university campuses across the country.

The title of the song references Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall, which was taken over by a mob of masked protesters in honor of Hind Rajab, a 6-year-old Palestinian girl who was killed in the Middle Eastern conflict. The protesters had previously camped out in front of the Ivy League school for almost two weeks to protest against Israel. Macklemore’s music video for “Hind’s Hall” features clips of various politicians, including Senator Mitch McConnell, Representative Jim Banks, Governor Ron DeSantis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

Many supporters of the anti-Israel protests were pleasantly surprised by Macklemore’s new song. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein praised the powerful message of the song, while others expressed their appreciation for Macklemore speaking out. However, not everyone was impressed, with some criticizing Macklemore for simply incorporating buzzwords and not addressing Hamas, the terror group responsible for attacks on Israel.

In addition to his political stance, Macklemore announced that all proceeds from the song will go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). This organization has faced allegations that some of its employees participated in a Hamas terror attack on Israel and that many employees have ties to Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. These claims led to an internal UN investigation and a temporary pause in funding from donor countries, including the US.

Macklemore’s decision to release this diss track against President Biden comes at a time when the president has faced protest votes in several states over his handling of the conflict in Gaza. In Michigan, 100,000 uncommitted ballots were cast in the state’s Democratic primary, while in Minnesota and Wisconsin, thousands of “uninstructed” ballots were also cast in protest of Biden’s response.

Macklemore’s song and his decision not to vote for President Biden highlight the deep divisions and dissatisfaction among Democratic voters regarding the handling of the Middle Eastern conflict. It raises important questions about the role of celebrities in politics and the influence they have on public opinion. The controversy surrounding Macklemore’s stance adds to the ongoing conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the complexities involved in finding a resolution.

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