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This Monday, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) hosted its annual summit in Washington DC. The world’s largest Christian Zionist organization, CUFI is infamous for right-wing evangelism and disregard for human rights. The summit featured CUFI founder John Hagee, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and US Vice President Mike Pence as plenary speakers.
They were confronted by over 100 Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders and community members protesting CUFI’s support for Israeli occupation. Several protesters disrupted Hagee and Pence’s speeches shouting and holding banners. Tarek Abuata, director of Friends of Sabeel North American (FOSNA), stood shouting, “Zionism is racism.” Security handcuffed Abuata and carried him out of the convention center. He continued to shout, “People of God, wake up! Protect the Palestinian people.”
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Christian and Jewish faith leaders then interrupted the U.S. vice president, chanting, “Israel kills children. Jews and Christians say no to Zionism.” Security dragged them outside. Rochelle Watson, FOSNA national organizer who disrupted Pence, stated, “We have reached a point where remaining faithful requires us to take bold action by speaking truth to power.” Protesters staged two more disruptions during Hagee’s remarks, shouting, “Israel imprisons children. Our God liberates.”...
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