have demonstrated outside the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) conference in Washington, DC to protest against the most
powerful pro-Israel lobbying group in the United States.
demonstration, which was largely attended by members of the left-wing
Jewish Resistance group, on Sunday came a day ahead of the annual AIPAC
conference in Washington, DC.
protesters condemned the pro-Israel policies of US President Donald
Trump and the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory as
well as continued Israeli settlement activity in the occupied land.
march outside of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
conference in Washington, DC on Sunday. The protest was organised by
IfNotNow. “We’re protesting [AIPAC] en masse
as Jews to say that to be Jewish in America at this moment doesn’t mean
to support Israel unconditionally,” said 25-year-old Yonah Lieberman,
one of the co-founders of the anti-settlement group IfNotNow, which
organized the rally.
Lieberman called the march as “the biggest ever Jewish-led protest of AIPAC.”
is the largest institution that supports Israeli settlements,” he said
Sunday. “They’ve done more in the past 50 years to support occupation
than anyone else in the Jewish community.”
A number of non-Jewish
activists like academic Cornel West also participated in Sunday’s
protest, which saw protesters briefly blocking the doors of the AIPAC
Activists march outside of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, DC on Sunday.Meanwhile, clashes erupted when members of the far-right Zionist Jewish Defense League tried to disrupt the protest.
The lobbying group AIPAC influences the US Congress to adopt pro-Zionist policies. AIPAC
critics have said it acts as an agent of the Israeli regime and has a
“stranglehold” on Congress with its extensive influence and financial
Donald Trump speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) during his presidential campaign on March 21, 2016. The
group has been accused of being strongly allied with the Likud party in
Israel, and the Republican Party in the United States.