Activists briefly disrupted a private fundraiser of the powerful Israel lobby group AIPAC at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on 4 December.
A video posted on YouTube shows three activists, who had been among a group demonstrating outside the hotel, marching into the private ballroom where the fundraiser was being held.
They were quickly surrounded and expelled, but not before shouting “Free Palestine” and other slogans at the attendees.
Captions in the video explain the activists’ motivations:
Outside the hotel activists staged a noisy demonstration demanding among other things an end to US military aid to Israel.
We had been demonstrating at the Israeli consulate for weeks, standing, yelling, outside, often in the rain. After a short demo some of us were still dissatisfied. We wanted to be sure fundraiser attendees received our message. We hand-wrote some notes and delivered them…
One of the notes read, “Your $$$ goes to help fund the slaughter of innocent children and civilians. FREE PALESTINE.”
The video captions direct people to stopaipac.org for additional information.
AIPAC has increasingly become a target of Palestine solidarity protests, especially at its annual policy conference, under the banner of Occupy AIPAC.