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Last week, we covered the June 22 planning meeting and joint effort of four anti-Israel groups — Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), and U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) — to protest the massive annual summit of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) in D.C. on July 7-9.
You can read about the background on these groups and their plans in Investigation: Anti-Israel groups plan disruption of Christians United for Israel Annual Summit.
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The Counter CUFI effort is promoted not only by the sponsoring groups named above, but also by the official Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
At the June 22 meeting, we learned that these groups planned not only to stage a protest outside the summit venue, but they also plan to infiltrate the venue itself and cause a coordinated disturbance during some part of the conference.
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Yet, while Counter CUFI evidently has no compunctions about causing a ruckus during a private, ticketed conference, the Counter CUFI organizers don’t seem to like it when those of us outside the anti-Israel fold attempt to observe Counter CUFI’s own public, non-ticketed events.
Indeed, today, I attempted to attend the Counter CUFI “Nonviolent direct action training and preparation” at the Mt. Vernon Place Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. The training was open to the public and widely advertised in advance.
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In accordance with the advertised procedure, I registered in advance:
Once inside the church, I almost immediately overheard an attendee identify himself as a “disruptor”—an indication that the planned political theater inside the summit was still on the agenda.
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Among the milling Counter CUFI organizers, I spotted Tarek Abuata of FOSNA and Taher Herzallah of AMP — both long-time and well-known anti-Israel activists (and,...
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