A Palestinian family reacts after Israeli bulldozers demolished their home in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Feb. 5, 2013. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Newly elected Israeli Knesset member Yair Lapid (l), leader of the Yesh Atid party, speaks to Naftali Bennett, head of the hard-line national religious party the Jewish Home, during a Feb. 5 reception in Jerusalem marking the opening of the 19th Knesset. (URIEL SINAI/GETTY IMAGES)
Richard Curtiss at work in his Washington Report office. (STAFF PHOTO D. HANLEY)
Then-Vice President Dick Cheney (l) and Likud chairman Benyamin Netanyahu, out of office at the time and serving as the official Israeli opposition leader, at a March 23, 2008 breakfast meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (r) shares candies with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim during a Feb. 11 visit to the rebels’ stronghold in Sultan Kudarat on the island of Mindanao. (KARLOS MANLUPIG/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Emad Burnat views his five broken cameras in his documentary of the same name. (PHOTO COURTESY KINO LORBER)
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: “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.”