Jewish Protesters Calling For End To Israel Occupation Block AIPAC Conference

Jewish protesters have blocked the entrance to the annual AIPAC conference calling for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

The three-day conference began Sunday at the Washington Convention Center in what AIPAC describes as the “largest and most important advocacy day” for the pro-Israel community.

Protesters are there to reject American Jewish support for five decades of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and they want to expose the silence from AIPAC and other Jewish institutions on the discriminatory policies and harmful politics of the Trump administration.

RT reports:

Up to 15,000 people are expected to attend the event, according to organizers, and its speakers on Sunday included former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

A protest organized by If Not Now, a Jewish movement lobbying to end the American Jewish community’s support for the occupation, is taking place outside the center. Protesters have formed a human blockade, preventing access at both entrances of the convention center after marching from Franklin Square.

The group claims, “AIPAC has used fear to silence moral voices and falsehoods to justify the occupation,” for many years.

 

If Not Now said in a statement they were expecting up to 1,000 American Jews from its branches in Boston, New York, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington DC to take part in the demonstration.

  • Mollie Norris

    Awesome! thanks, Carol. Hopefully 100,000 next time – people are waking up.