Radical Leftist Heckler Tackled During Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's New Orleans Speech (Video)
Radical leftists from Jewish Voices For Peace interrupted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the Jewish Federation General Assembly in New Orleans.
At one point the crowd beat down one of the hecklers. All of the leftist protesters had to be dragged out of the assembly after disrupting Netanyahu’s speech.
Israel Matsav says the protesters were Code Pink members.
Netanyahu fired back at the young leftist radicals.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
“The loyalty oath de-legitimatizes Israel,” a woman holding a placard yelled while standing on her chair, interrupting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly in New Orleans on Monday.
She was swiftly escorted out by security. However, moments later, another protester stood on his chair and shouted “the occupation de-legitimizes Israel.” The man was also quickly taken outside. But then another, and another, appeared. Six in all. One of them was tackled by participants in the crowd and a short scuffle ensued until security reached him.
The protesters were part of Jewish Voices for Peace, a leftist organization of Jews which helped organize a recent boat that tried to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza and is attempting to pressure the planned Tolerance Museum in Jerusalem to relocated from the current, controversial building site.
“These actions are in part a protest of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and Jewish Public Affairs Council (JCPA) newly announced $6 million dollar program to target campus, church, peace and human rights groups that are working to end Israel’s human rights violations through nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions pressure campaigns,” a press release from JVP read. “The Federations and JCPA are calling this initiative the “Israel Action Network.”’
The group’s aim was to draw attention to their cause, and to a large part they succeeded. Haaretz, Yediot Ahronot and other Israeli newspapers lead with the sensationalist news on their Websites. But the sentiments of the protesters did not reflect any greater discontent by American Jews with Israel based upon interviews with a sampling of participants after the event occurred.
The radical leftists were co-organizers of the Gaza Flotilla this year. The flotilla members attacked Israeli soldiers with guns, knives and clubs.