Monday, March 06, 2006

The Anti-AIPAC Protest

Tonight, March 6, 2006 was the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) annual dinner. At the Washington Convention Centre several hundred Israeli supporters and lobbiest gathered together with top shelf politicians to gala and smooze for continued Israeli support against it's enemies in the Middle East.

Yet, outside the convention, gather about 30 people who were quite against what was happening across the street. One of the groups most vocal was DAWN (DC ANTI WAR NETWORK)

Carol Moore of DAWN

Others from DAWN

And, yet, there was another very interesting, unusual and quite vocal group there. They call themselves the "Neturei Karta" The International Jews Against Zionism.

According to their web-site "Neturei-Karta is the Aramaic term for "Guardians of the City"."
"The name was given to a group of Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem who refused (and still refuse) to recognize the existence or authority of the so-called "State of Israel" and made (and still make) a point of publicly demonstrating their position, the position of the Torah and authentic unadulterated Judaism."
"The group was founded in Jerusalem, Palestine in 1938, splitting off from Agudas Yisroel. Agudas Yisroel was established in 1912 for the purpose of fighting Zionism. Gradually lured by money and honor they sold out to the "Golden-Calf" (see Exodus, XXXII) of Zionism. Those who wanted to maintain their faith and continue the struggle against Zionism, dissociated themselves from Agudas Yisroel and associated parties."

Interesting, the folks going to the dinner seemed to get more upset at these Orthodox radicals far more than the other protesters there.

Over all, I think most of the guests from out of town were a little shaken by all the protesters.

But, for the rest of us jaded souls, it was just another night of grassroots activism here in Capt City.

Peace Out