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In pictures: Hundreds join ‘Expose AIPAC’ to protest AIPAC Policy Conference

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(Photo: Emmanuel Jean Marie/Codepink)

Yesterday more than 200 people gathered to protest in front of the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC.

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(Photo: Emmanuel Jean Marie/Codepink)

Expose AIPAC is a coalition effort by activists from Codepink, Interfaith Peace Builders and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

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(Photo: Emmanuel Jean Marie/Codepink)

Activists spent the weekend discussing Palestinian rights, BDS campaigns and the role AIPAC plays in US government and foreign policy creation.

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(Photo: Emmanuel Jean Marie/Codepink)

During a break time in the AIPAC conference schedule, over 100 protesters participated in an action outside the Convention Center doors to honor Palestinian political prisoners and hunger strikers.

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(Photo: Emmanuel Jean Marie/Codepink)

Kneeling with their eyes covered, protesters brought the impacts of Israeli policies in Palestine to Washington DC.

(Photo: Emmanuel Jean Marie/Codepink)

After reading the names of prisoners one by one, protesters sat in silence as AIPACers walked out of the conference.

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Sasha Gelzin

Sasha Gelzin is a student organiser and member of the Students for Justice in Palestine - National steering committee.

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  1. annie on March 4, 2013, 1:18 pm

    excellent action/excellent photos. thank you EXPOSE AIPAC!

  2. American on March 4, 2013, 1:47 pm

    Beautiful people.
    If I weren’t getting so lazy would have been there.
    So I guess I will crank up the phone again instead.

    You know though as moving as this is the politicians don’t give a [email protected] about people’s suffering, they have no morals…..they have to be threatened/ humiliated as the trash they are.

  3. Les on March 4, 2013, 6:59 pm

    Haaretz even includes a photo.

    Anti-AIPAC posters in downtown Washington greet conference delegates
    Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace and the Avaaz global advocacy group, billboards read: ‘AIPAC does not speak for me. Most Jewish Americans are pro­peace. AIPAC is not.’
    By Haaretz | Mar.04, 2013 | 9:08 PM | 8

    Hundreds of anti-AIPAC billboards signs have been posted across central subway stations in downtown Washington D.C. proclaiming that “AIPAC does not speak for me”.

    Sponsored by the left-wing Jewish Voice for Peace and the Avaaz global advocacy group, the posters were highly visible to many of the 13,000 delegates attending the pro-Israel lobby’s annual conference.

    “AIPAC does not speak for me. Most Jewish Americans are pro­peace. AIPAC is not,” the billboards say.

    Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, said: “AIPAC is the NRA of foreign policy lobbies, pushing a right­wing agenda that does not represent the majority of Jewish Americans: Its support for military build­up and endless settlement expansion makes peace impossible. It cannot claim to speak for all American Jews.”

    The posters are part of a concerted effort by left-wing groups outside the Jewish establishment to get their voices heard during the three-day AIPAC conference. Protesters from various radical Jewish and Palestinian groups have held vigils outside the entrances to the Washington Convention Center, where the conference is being held, leading to some scuffles with police and AIPAC delegates.

    • just on March 4, 2013, 10:13 pm

      They’re “radical”!?!

      Unbelievable. Thanks for the article. Vilkomerson is magnificent.

  4. Citizen on March 4, 2013, 7:51 pm

    Illuminating pictures. US mainstream breaking news is ignoring it, as usual.

  5. ramzijaber on March 4, 2013, 7:53 pm

    Thank you all.

  6. Kathleen on March 4, 2013, 11:27 pm

    Thank you. Sad not to be there again. Thanks so much to the organizers of these important events.

  7. seafoid on March 5, 2013, 3:33 am

    “AIPAC is the NRA of foreign policy lobbies”

    Great line.

    Even Ha’aretz uses the term “radical” to identify groups who support human rights for goys in Erez Israel. Since when were human rights radical ?

  8. Citizen on March 5, 2013, 5:24 am

    Funny, Slate does not mention this protest, but does talk about those at the AIPAC Conference still pissed because AIPAC did not come out front to ditch Hagel:

  9. Pamela Olson on March 5, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Great pictures! Wish I could have been there. Alas, book tour organizing is taking a lot out of me, and there’s still a lot more to do before it starts next week… If you’re on the west coast, east coast, or in Colorado or Oklahoma, I hope to see you on the road!

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