Protest at AIPAC: Checkpoints and hunger strike solidarity

On the 3ed of march, antiwar activists and Palestininans descended on the Washington Convention Center. AIPAC, the American-Israeli Polical Action Committee, was kicking off their annual convention and bribefest. Outside, protesters went so far as to set Israeli-style checkpoints on the sidewalk demanding ID.

Video highlights of the March 3 AIPAC protests

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Unlike in Occupied Palestine, AIPAC delegates who ran the checkpoints were not chased down and subdued by force.

As AIPAC delegates were coming out for their 3:30PM break, activists staged a solidarity vigil for the Palestinian political prisoners who are on hunger strike. Due to the use of IV feeding in jail hospitals, some of these adminstratively detained hunger strikers have gone over 100 days without food. They are being held under “administrative detention,” without charges or trial, and the demands of the hunger strikers are that they be charged or released.

One of the AIPAC delegates attempted to grab my camera but was easily blocked.

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