Peace Activists Protest AIPAC’s Summit & Netanyahu

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Above: Protest on the steps of the Washington Convention Center during AIPAC conference. Protesters are wearing a Netanyahu mask. From twitter 

A coalition of human rights organizations, led by CODE PINK, have organized four days of political action in Washington DC to oppose the policies of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) during its annual policy conference. Coined #ShutDownAIPAC, activists are hosting a variety of creative events: protests outside the DC Convention Center and Netanyahu’s speech in Congress; events critiquing AIPAC policies; and a lobby day in Congress to call for no more sanctions on Iran.

The tweets below focus on the protest at the DC Convention Center where people gathered, many wearing Netanyahu masks and proclaiming him a war criminal, others blockaded the doors resulting in arrests. 

The #ShutDownAIPAC coalition is drawing attention to AIPAC’s role as a special interest lobby that maintains a dangerous stranglehold over US policies. Activists are urging the US government to continue to pursue diplomacy with Iran and to end to the brutal occupation of Palestine.

Simultaneously, the Palestine Advocacy Project will place ads in 12 metro stations in Washington DC (as well as Boston, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, LA, Chapel Hill, San Diego, and San Antonio).

“With the politicization of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech and the growing divide between Democrats and Republicans over Speaker Boehner’s invitation to the foreign leader, now is the time to confront the influence of the Israel lobby AIPAC and highlight the brutal military occupation of Palestine,” said CODEPINK organizer Anna Kaminski. “The 30 congresspeople skipping Netanyahu’s speech could mark the beginning of a shift in public opinion toward both the Israel lobby. Peace activists need to seize this moment and #ShutDownAIPAC is an important step forward.”

On Monday, March 2, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00PM they will protest at the Washington Convention Center during Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech (801 Mt Vernon Pl, NW Washington DC). Activists will hold a protest and candlelight vigil to commemorate all the lives losts in the brutal Israeli bombing campaign of Gaza over the summer of 2014.  

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at  9:30 AM the coalition will confront AIPAC during their congressional lobby day to tell Congress no more sanctions on Iran.  Hundreds of protesters will gather outside the US Capitol Building for creative protest and speakers when Netanyahu is giving his controversial address to joint session of Congress.

VIDEO BY News2Share: Report: Code Pink Demonstrates Outside AIPAC

VIDEO BY News2Share:  Code Pink Protesters Dragged out of AIPAC by Police

VIDEO BY News2Share: Protesters Arrested Outside AIPAC 2015