Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s Washington DC home was surrounded by protesters for a second night running on Thursday.
In a sign of the turbulent times, the couple’s $5.5million family home was targeted by two separate demonstrations, the first by their own neighbors over the Trump administration’s immigration policy on Wednesday, and the second, by an unaffiliated pro-Palestinian rally on Thursday.
Demonstrators from WeAreNotNumbers kicked off the Thursday rally at 6pm, shouting slogans over loud speakers and holding up signs which demanded ‘an end of US military aid to Israel’ and ‘Kushner: Palestine not for sale’. Photographs of Palestinians reportedly killed by Israelis were also hung up outside Ivanka and Jared’s home.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s Washington DC home was surrounded by protesters for a second night running on Thursday
Protesters demanding a free Palestine demonstrate outside of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s house on Thursday night
Photographs of Palestinians killed by Israelis are shown during the protest demanding a free Palestine
Demonstrators from WeAreNotNumbers kicked off the Thursday rally at 6pm, shouting slogans over loud speakers and holding up signs which demanded ‘an end of US military aid to Israel’ and ‘Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel’
President Donald Trump sparked controversy last December when he announced that the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the move warning it would inflame tensions and could ignite another holy war.
Ivanka and Jared, who are both Jewish, were also blasted for beaming happily as they attended the opening of the new embassy in May, while protests against the decision turned deadly in Gaza.
On Thursday, Jared arrived home to find the pro-Palestinian demonstrators outside his home. He is believed to have avoided the throng by entering through the property’s garage. It is not clear whether Ivanka was at home during the two hour protest.
She had been on Capitol Hill earlier that day, visiting the Rayburn House Office Building to push for senators to pass a bill to modernize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act, which was last reauthorized in 2006.
It is not clear whether Ivanka was at home during the two hour protest. She had been on Capitol Hill earlier that day (pictured)
Ivanka was visiting the Rayburn House Office Building to push for senators to pass a bill to modernize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act, which was last reauthorized in 2006
Ivanka Trump, was seen leaving her Washington D.C. home from garage in a black Secret Service SUV on Thursday morning around 9.30am
On Wednesday, Jared and Ivanka’s neighbors from the upmarket neighborhood of Kalorama, took the extraordinary step of holding a silent protest against Trump’s immigration policies.
The protesters, mainly local neighborhood residents, held candles and signs which read ‘Love thy neighbor’, ‘Tell Daddy, enough!’ and ‘Reunited.’
The wealthy Kalorama neighborhood, in the historically Democratic DC area, counts many prominent politicians and government officials among its residents. It was even home to the Obamas’ post-presidency digs.
But that was the first time that homeowners have felt so strongly about an issue that they have taken to protesting outside one of their neighbor’s front doors, according to Riley Temple, 69, who lives just a couple of blocks away from Jared and Ivanka.
On Thursday, Jared arrived home to find the pro-Palestinian demonstrators outside his home. He is believed to have avoided the throng by entering through the property’s garage
Protestors demanding a free Palestine demonstrate outside of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s house on Thursday night
‘This is a first,’ the retired lawyer and theology teacher told DailyMail.com. ‘These were all Kalorama neighbors. Under normal circumstances we would never protest outside a home. But these are not normal circumstances.
‘We shattered the custom because they have shattered civility.
‘These separation polices, the inability to bring (migrant families separated at the border) back together are crimes against humanity. And we didn’t want our customary silence and customary respectful distance to be seen, in any way, as assent to these policies.’
Temple was among the more than 30 local residents, and members of local houses of worship to protest against the ‘continued separation of migrant families without any apparent or articulable reference for reuniting each and every family, and each and every child, with his or her parents.
He added that he and other neighbors would often see Jared and Ivanka walking to synagogue, or their children playing in the park.
‘People give them space,’ he said, adding that the ‘extreme’ immigration policies meant that residents felt forced to act, protesting against polices they oppose at the home of an official, for the first time.
On Wednesday, Jared and Ivanka’s neighbors from the upmarket neighborhood of Kalorama, took the extraordinary step of holding a silent protest against Trump’s immigration policies
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s neighbors gathered to protest against the Trump administration’s immigration policy and failure to reunite migrant children with their families
Michael Beer, from Nonviolence International, (second from right), attends the silent protest where attendees held candles and held signs demonstrating against the child and family detentions
Ivanka, who initially got home at 6.30pm, avoided the drama by stepping out at 7.15pm
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, 37, was seen leaving his home earlier that day. He was apparently at home during the protest
The protest came just a day after it was revealed that the Trump administration wouldn’t meet its federal court ordered deadline to reunite migrant families.
Jared had arrived home around 7pm from DC so was at the house when the demonstration kicked off around 7.50pm. It lasted a little over 40 minutes.
Ivanka, who initially got home at 6.30pm, avoided the drama by stepping out at 7.15pm. She didn’t even get a chance to change out of the dark, skirt suit she’d worn for an earlier visit to Capitol Hill, before her evening appointment.
The mother and businesswoman did not return home again until 9pm at night, after the protesters had left.
Trump’s failure to reunite migrant families has sparked protests across America.
A dozen people were arrested in Columbus on Monday in a protest against ICE and the separation of families at the Mexican border.
Jared was at home during the 40 minute protest, from around 7.50pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday
But Ivanka was at an evening appointment and didn’t return until the protest was over (pictured a demonstrator holds a sign which reads ‘Love thy neighbor’)
Blanca Aquino attends a silent protest consisting of almost all neighborhood residents stood across the street from Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s house
Protesters also confronted Ivanka while she was visiting a school in Syracuse, New York for a discussion on workforce development programs on Monday. Around 100 protesters gathered outside the school chanting ‘Shame!’ and ‘What about the children?’
Others held signs that said: ‘No kids in cages,’ and ‘What if it were your children?’
This latest protest has a more peaceful tone, but will inevitably hit harder as it’s Jared and Ivanka’s own neighbors who are demanding they take action.
Earlier on Wednesday, Ivanka was in Capitol Hill for a Senate committee hearing on paid family leave.
The first daughter is spearheading a program to introduce a six-week parental leave program linked to unemployment insurance. It gained some support at the hearing, from senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) who said it was long overdue.
Ivanka later tweeted: ‘It is been 25 years since FMLA passed and we are still at zero weeks of paid leave. There has yet to be a plan presented w/ bipartisan support from lawmakers,’ Trump wrote on Twitter on July 11. ‘Both sides need to come together on a solution that can garner the votes be signed in to law.’
Meanwhile, Ivanka’s father’s policy has continued to cause controversy. The zero tolerance policy has also sparked backlash against members of Trump’s administration, with several key figures being confronted by members of the public in recent weeks.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, last month over her stance on gay rights and the immigration polices.
Hard-line immigration advisor Stephen Miller saw his face appear on ‘Wanted’ posters near his apartment.
Maria Clements helps light Gary Phillips’ candle during the silent protest
This latest protest had a peaceful tone, but will inevitably hit harder as it’s Jared and Ivanka’s own neighbors who are demanding they take action
Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen got hounded out of a Mexican restaurant with chants of ‘shame!’ at the height of the child separation controversy.
And former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt was confronted by a woman at DC restaurant and urged to resign ‘before your scandals push you out’.
‘We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children,’ she said in a video of the encounter.
Pruitt resigned citing ‘unrelenting attacks’ on himself and his family, which ‘have taken a sizable toll on all of us’.
The controversy began after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in May that the zero tolerance was in full effect, even if it meant splitting families. It meant anyone entering the US illegally, even asylum seekers, were arrested and prosecuted. As their children could not be held in jail, they were separated and put in detention centers.
Earlier on Wednesday, Ivanka was in Capitol Hill to attend a Commerce Committee hearing on paid family leave
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), at right, and Rep. Peter King (R-NY), at left speak with White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump ahead of the Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday
Around 3,000 children were taken from their families at the border until intense pressure forced Trump to walk back the policy, briefly allowing children to be kept with their parents in jail, before returning to catch and release.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, gave authorities 14 days to reunite parents with 102 children under five, and 30 days to reunite parents with all other children writing that the ‘situation has reached a crisis level’ and that the ‘chaotic circumstances’ were of the government’s own making.
But officials were forced to admit some families will miss the deadline. The administration says some of those parents have been deported, and eight have been previously released in the United States.
While parents were criminally prosecuted, children were placed in custody of the Health and Human Services Department. Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an international outcry, saying families should remain together.
On Wednesday, Trump conceded he’d missed the deadline, but said the solution was to simply tell asylum seekers fleeing their homes, not to come.
‘Tell people not to come to our country illegally. That’s the solution. Don’t come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally.’
Trump and his administration have faced a furious backlash over the immigration policy and Ivanka has remained incredibly quiet on the subject.