Speaker Johnson warns federal workers who participate in anti-Israel job walkout protest 'deserve to be fired' or disciplined

 January 16, 2024

While President Joe Biden has been relatively supportive of Israel in its ongoing fight against Hamas in Gaza, the same cannot be said for many administration staffers and federal workers who have sided with the Hamas-led Palestinian people against the Jewish nation.

Some of those anti-Israel federal workers are reportedly planning to soon walk off their jobs in protest of the White House's handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict, but House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) just warned that any workers who do so "deserve to be fired," according to Fox News.

Johnson further revealed that he would work closely with House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) to ensure that "appropriate disciplinary proceedings" were swiftly commenced against any federal workers who engaged in such a form of protest.

Federal workers plan anti-Israel protest walkout

That warning from Speaker Johnson came in response to a recent article from the Middle East-focused media site Al-Monitor, which reported on the plans for a walkout protest organized by a group known as Feds United for Peace.

The planned protest for Tuesday was labeled by the group as a "Day of Mourning" to mark 100 days since Israel invaded Gaza in response to the coordinated Oct. 7 wave of murders and kidnappings of Israeli civilians by Hamas terrorists.

Per Al-Monitor, protest organizers estimated that "hundreds" of federal employees from at least 22 different federal agencies and departments would take part in the walkout to pressure President Biden to abandon his expressed and material support for Israel and demand a ceasefire to end all ongoing hostilities -- which, in essence, would allow Hamas to survive and even claim victory in this latest skirmish against the Jews they have sworn to completely eradicate.

Consequences could and should include "disciplinary proceedings" and getting "fired"

In an X post on Sunday, Speaker Johnson shared a link to the Al-Monitor report and wrote, "Any government worker who walks off the job to protest U.S. support for our ally Israel is ignoring their responsibility and abusing the trust of taxpayers. They deserve to be fired."

"Oversight Chairman Comer and I will be working together to ensure that each federal agency initiates appropriate disciplinary proceedings against any person who walks out on their job," he added.

Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram shared a statement about the planned protest from Chairman Comer, who said, "We're not going to tolerate federal employees just setting their own schedules and doing whatever in addition to the antisemitic behavior."

"This is another example of Joe Biden not having a handle on the federal workforce and we're not going to tolerate it," he continued and also noted, "The American taxpayers aren't getting their money's worth with all of these federal employees."

Comer added, "And if they pull this stunt, we fear that creates a new trend of activist government employees that just come and go as they please. We're going to try to hold them accountable and put an end to it."

The latest move following months of internal opposition and protests

Fox News reported that the Feds United for Peace group has described itself as "a group of federal employees representing a range of federal agencies who believe it is our patriotic duty and moral imperative to urge our government to support calls for a ceasefire, and support humanitarian aid and access for Gaza."

That group and the planned walkout protest are merely the latest iteration of the concerted opposition embedded broadly throughout the federal government against the Biden administration's stance in support of Israel as it pursues retribution for the gruesome atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists against innocent Israel civilians during the Oct. 7 attacks.

There have already been other staged anti-Israel protests and walkouts by congressional and executive branch staffers and other federal workers, as well as internal dissent cables and fiery public statements of opposition to the administration's policies, and even a few resignations in protest by mid-level government officials.

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