(VIDEO) Breaking: Palestine solidarity activists disrupt Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech

Five Palestine solidarity activists, most of them Jewish, interrupted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech tonight at the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.  See the video above.

From the Move Over AIPAC press release:

The speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was interrupted repeatedly by protesters opposed to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The activists are from the Move Over AIPAC coalition led by CODEPINK: Women for Peace.

The protesters, 5 in all, rose one by one, unfurled banners, and chanted slogans. In response to Netanyahu’s claim that returning to the 1967 borders would be “indefensible,” activists called out that various aspects of Israel’s policy are indefensible. They were escorted out by security, but not before they made a highly visible protest against the theft of Palestinian land, the siege of Gaza, denial of the rights of Palestinian refugees, silencing dissent, and destruction of homes and schools.

“Growing up as the son of Holocaust survivor, I learned that it is everyone’s job to stand up for others when they are persecuted, and I learned what happens when we don’t defend humanity. Now, it is my job to stand up in support of Palestinians, saying, ‘bombing schools is indefensible, bulldozing homes is indefensible, ’” said Jewish American protester Rick Colbath-Hess, 53 from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“As a young Jewish person it is important for me to stand up today and tell Netanyahu and AIPAC that their voices do not represent me,” said Ariel Vegosen, 30, from Valley Stream, New York, “I will not allow my faith to be misused as a weapon, covering up the theft of Palestinians’ homes and livelihoods. Judaism teaches me to stand up when I see oppression— discrimination is not a Jewish value and does not make Israel safer. Occupying Palestinian land is indefensible.”

Ali Abunimah at the Electronic Intifada interviewed Sasha Gelzin, a CODEPINK activist who interrupted Netanyahu:

Gelzin told The Electronic Intifada by telephone, “The word indefensible has a more significant meaning than just borders. It also means ‘unjustifiable.’ We had to reclaim this word because all these types of Israeli apartheid are indefensible.”

Among the slogans the five protestors called out were:

  • “Occupying land is indefensible”
  • “Starving Gaza is indefensible”
  • “Bulldozing homes is indefensible”
  • “Silencing dissent is indefensible”
  • “Displacing refugees is indefensible”

Gelzin said that as protestors stood up, AIPAC delegates immediately began chanting and booing in order to drown the dissenting voices out. The protestors were escorted out of the building but none were arrested, Gelzin said.

2 responses to “(VIDEO) Breaking: Palestine solidarity activists disrupt Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech

  1. Believing in the vital importance of a word’s meaning, I love taking back the word indefensible, kudos to CodePink for visibly standing up to protest at the AIPAC celebrations, people sitting there will go to the web, or tv etc to read about themselves.
    Ever get shown a group of photos that include you yourself? Don’t you look for yourself first and linger there the longest? I offer that as vanity, part of the human condition, so most will look for that alone.

    Hope they go to web where they just may be exposed to ideas foreign to USan culture (zeitgest?); (as a USan only culture I know)which Media control, soft, sneaky brainwash was successful for generations but now we know we’ve been deliberately lied to relentlessly.

    The genocide of the Nations of First Peoples was accomplished with the help of Up side down meanings. Couching barbaric actions in a positive light, demonizing the people as savage, the killers as heroic. What we are seeing today in the zionist project.

    Today Andrea Mitchel on MSNBC said (paraphrase,sorry) “It may be a red herring.” in reply to this a.m. interview question; What is all this emphasis on the 1967 borders? I think my jaw hit the floor at her unusual candor.

    This gets the gold star +. Tnx.

  2. Thanks very much. We published it on http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002180824569

    We heard on the news, just once, that some Congressmen cheered for the person beating her.

    Update please. Alle information is welcome and will be published.

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