Anti-Israel Protesters Surround and Try To Intimidate Journalist Outside CUFI Summit

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 7/8/2019 | Samantha Mandeles
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Legal Insurrection previously exclusively reported on plans by several anti-Israel groups to disrupt the annual summit of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) held in Washington, D.C.

The main organizing group was Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), assisted by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), and the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. The groups called the collective protest “Counter CUFI.”

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My write up from last week, Investigation: Anti-Israel groups plan disruption of Christians United for Israel Annual Summit presents background on the campaign’s four co-sponsoring group and covers the first report of Counter CUFI’s plan to stage a planned disruption inside the summit. My post from yesterday, Anti-Israel groups lock down planning for disruption inside Christians United For Israel Summit, recounts my efforts to report on Counter CUFI’s “Nonviolent direct action training and preparation”— and how Counter CUFI organizers expelled me from the public event.

As we expected, protesters gathered outside the CUFI venue. While they posted tightly cropped video and photos to make it appear that there was a large crowd, in fact only about 100 people showed up.

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There also were the obligatory attempts to “blockade” the doors to the venue, but it was all for show. Thousands of people entered the summit through other entrances and the venue was packed.

As planned, some protesters managed to infiltrate the venue and engage in disruptions, which if anything just excited the pro-Israel crowd even more.

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Another interruption, this one featuring a member of the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, resulted in the disruptor being escorted out of the hall.

Meanwhile, FOSNA executive director Tarek Abuata stole the show with a rousing disruption during which he forced security to carry him bodily from the building as he shrieked that “people of god” should “wake up” and that “Zionism is racism”. FOSNA tries to...
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