Hundreds of Young U.S. Jews Protest Outside AIPAC Against Occupation

The protesters, some of whom blocked the entrance to the conference center, carried signs and chanted calls against AIPAC's support of Israeli settlements

Protesters outside of the AIPAC conference, March 26, 2017.
Protesters outside of the AIPAC conference, March 26, 2017. Gili Getz

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of young Jewish American activists marched outside of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington. 

The activists, who oppose AIPAC's support for the policies of the current Israeli government on the settlements, carried signs and chanted calls to end the occupation. Some chained themselves to the entrance of the conference center, blocking it.

Protesters chain themselves to the doors of the AIPAC conference on March 26, 2017.
Gili Getz
Jerome Korman

IfNotNow, a group of young, left-wing American Jews organized the event, which was billed as a "Reclaim, Resist, and Reimagine" rally. Almost 700 people said they would attend on the event's Facebook page.

Protesters posted photographs and videos on Twitter using the hashtags #ResistAIPAC and #JewishResistance.

Protesters hold signs and protest against Israeli occupation outside of the AIPAC conference, March 26, 2017.
Jerome Korman

This is the first time in AIPAC's decades-long history that such a protest, taking place right across the street from the influential lobby's annual conference, has attracted such a large – and mostly Jewish – crowd.

Speaking on the first day of the conference, Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, said that "for the first time in many years, perhaps in decades, there is no daylight" between the governments of the U.S. and Israel.

Protesters block the entrance to the center where AIPAC's conference is taking place, March 26, 2017.
Jerome Korman

A number of high-profile politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, are scheduled to address conference attendees.