Rae Abileah of CodePink on Disrupting Netanyahu’s Congress Speech: “He’s the Main Obstacle to Peace” – video

DemocracyNow.org – May 25, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech was warmly received by Democrats and Republicans in Congress on Tuesday. According to ABC News, Netanyahu received 29 standing ovations during his address—four more than President Obama received during his State of the Union address earlier in the year. However, there was at least one dissenting voice inside the halls of Congress on Tuesday. That was Rae Abileah, a Jewish-American activist of Israeli descent with the group CodePink disrupting Netanayahu.

Standing in the Congressional gallery, she yelled, “No more occupation, stop Israel war crimes, equal rights for Palestinians, occupation is indefensible.”

As she screamed, members in the audience tackled her to the ground, and undercover security forces later dragged her outside. She was taken to George Washington University Hospital where she was treated for neck and shoulder injuries.

At the hospital, police arrested Abileah and charged her with disorderly conduct for disrupting Congress. Abileah’s protest came as part a week-long series of actions organized by CodePink called Move Over AIPAC. We speak to Abileah about why she used non-violent civil disobedience to disrupt Netanayahu’s speech.

To watch the entire interview, read the complete transcript, download the video/audio podcast, and for more Democracy Now!’s archives of reports on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, visit http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/25




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