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Occupy AIPAC protesters oppose role of committee in US foreign policy

03-05-2012 07:56 BJT

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US President Barack Obama's speech of pledging staunch support for Israel has triggered a series of protests.

A group of protesters rallied outside the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Protesters said in a news release that they were holding numerous demonstrations to oppose the role of the committee in US foreign policy. The meeting runs from March 3rd to March 6th.

A police officer watches as protesters rally against the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington March 4, 2012.

Protester Ty Barry said: "We have the president of the United States addressing the most powerful lobbying group in the world -- AIPAC -- that continues, they’ve pushed us in to a war with Iraq and they’re trying to push us in to a war with Iran. We’re saying ’Free Palestine’, we’re saying negotiate for peace in Palestine, peace with Iran. We need to get nuclear weapons out of the Middle East. That includes Israel."

Protester Athena Viscusi said: "We are in a recession. We should not be spending billions and billions of dollars to oppress Palestinian people, to support the state of Israel, to maintain apartheid inside Israel, to maintain occupation in the occupied territories. It is not in the interests of this country at all."

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Protesters rally against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy
conference in Washington March 4, 2012.

Protesters rally against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy
conference in Washington March 4, 2012.

Protesters rally against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy
conference in Washington March 4, 2012.

Protesters rally against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy
conference in Washington March 4, 2012.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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