An artist’s collage juxtaposes the real-life conditions Palestinian workers face in the occupied West Bank with Scarlett Johansson’s role as SodaStream spokesmodel. (Courtesy Electronic Intifada)
Outside the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, activists demonstrate against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his peace proposal, Jan. 29, 2014. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)
A Jewish settler (unseen at left) places the Israeli flag on a road sign as Israeli troops encircle Palestinian villagers protesting the army’s cutting branches off olive trees on a road leading to the illegal Jewish settlement of Tekoa, south of Bethlehe
Dr. Eyad El Serraj at a 1993 press conference in East Jerusalem denouncing Israel’s use of torture. (Ruben Bittermann/Photofile)
U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (l) and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Jan. 22 press conference closing the Geneva II peace talks on Syria. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, May-June 2007, pages 66-67
AIPAC Conference Attendees Attack Rabbis
Rabbis of Naturei Karta protest outside the AIPAC conference (Staff photo M. Hall).
THE RABBIS OF Naturei Karta stood outside the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference at the Washington, DC Convention Center for a day-long nonviolent protest on March 12, including a two-hour demonstration that began at 6:30 p.m. Twice that day, various AIPAC members disrupted the vigil being held by Rabbi David Weiss and other members of his organization. One attacker, witnessed by this writer, destroyed their property and interrupted press statements. Two unidentified conference attendees tore the Naturei Karta banners away from the rabbis and ran off, forcing the Yiddish-speaking rabbis to call the Washington, DC police department. The signs were later returned, presumably by the police.
In an often-interrupted statement, Rabbi Weiss told the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,: “It hurts us deeply to see that many people believe that AIPAC represents Judaism...when in truth it is a representation of an ideology which is antithetical to what Judaism is, which is Zionism.”
Rabbi Dovid Weiss is no denier of anti-Jewish discrimination. “My grandparents, aunts and uncles were killed at Auschwitz,” he stated. But he went on to explain that “Jews are forbidden to oppress people. It hurts Jews throughout the world to see the suffering of the Palestinian people. It should be an eye-opener for people to understand that there is a large community of Jewish people who are in opposition to the state of Israel and in opposition to AIPAC, and who pray for the suffering Palestinian people. We pray for a quick and peaceful dismantlement of the State of Israel.”