CODEPINK activist arrested after disrupting Israeli PM's speech to Congress

| May 24, 2011
CODEPINK's Rae Abileah, shortly before being arrested in a Washington DC hospital.

For Immediate Release:

Protester disrupting Netanyahu in Congress arrested at hospital

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Police arrested CODEPINK peace activist Rae Abileah at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. Abileah was taken to the hospital after having been assaulted and tackled to the ground by AIPAC members of the audience in the House Gallery during Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.

Abileah interrupted Netanyahu with a banner that said "Occupying Land Is Indefensible" and shouting, "No more occupation, stop Israel war crimes, equal rights for Palestinians, occupation is indefensible." She rose up to speak out just after the prime minister talked about the youth around the world rising up for more democracy.

As this 28-year-old Jewish American woman spoke out for the human rights of Palestinians, other members of the audience-wearing badges from the conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee-brutally attacked her. The police then dragged her out of the Gallery and took her to the George Washington University Hospital, where she was being treating for neck and shoulder injuries.

"I am in great pain, but this is nothing compared to the pain and suffering that Palestinians go through on a regular basis," said Abileah from her hospital bed. "I have been to Gaza and the West Bank, I have seen Palestinians homes bombed and bulldozed, I have talked to mothers whose children have been killed during the invasion of Gaza, I have seen the Jewish-only roads leading to ever-expanding settlements in the West Bank. This kind of colonial occupation cannot continue. As a Jew and a U.S. citizen, I feel obligated to rise up and speak out against stop these crimes being committed in my name and with my tax dollars."

Abileah explained that she stands in solidarity with the Palestinian and Israeli activists who are routinely jailed and beaten for speaking out for democracy.

These actions were part of a week of protests called Move Over AIPAC. For more information, see: http://www.moveoveraipac.org/

 

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Comments

wow, she was and is very courageous - bravo and thank you from someone who is not so brave!

Not content with trying to criminalize speech in defence of Palestinian rights, the Zionists are now resorting to thuggery and assault.

The politicians all rose to their feet to applaud the thugs who beat up Abileah. And that scumbag Netanyahu then proceeded to talk about how this incident was an example of how the right to protest was respected in the USA and Israel!

And of course none of the thugs were arrested.

   Netanyahoo inadvertently mocked his own position  and Rae echoed it in her banner  "Occupying Land Is Indefensible".  What was funny was the cheering gallery; paid for mourners at the much awaited death (by genocide) of the Palestinian Sate! If you want to understand the conflict a bit better download the May 25 th torrent from Democracynow.org ( http://ewheel.democracynow.org/) , excellent!

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