A left-wing Israeli lawmaker invited to Washington by pro-Israel lobby AIPAC to participate in its annual conference took part in a protest against the organization on Monday, drawing sharp criticism.
Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg, whose trip to the meeting was funded by AIPAC, joined a protest outside of the conference, organized by the Jewish anti-establishment group IfNotNow, where demonstrators held up signs such as “Reject AIPAC” and “Reject occupation.”
Zandberg appeared to justify her decision to take part in the protest organized by saying in a blog post for The Times of Israel that “there is no greater deed of patriotism than opposing the occupation.”
In response to Zandberg’s participation in the demonstration, a number of right-wing activists and media outlets attacked her.
— IfNotNow (@IfNotNowOrg) March 26, 2017
The far-right rapper Yoav Eliasi called Zandberg “human trash,” “filth” and “pig” in a Facebook video, while also accusing her of belonging to a “fifth column” seeking to undermine the State of Israel.
The right-wing online magazine Mida ran an article on Zandberg’s participation in the demonstration under the headline “There is no limit to the shame: MK Tamar Zandberg participates in BDS supporters’ protests.”
In a Facebook post, Zandberg said the criticism was “a sign I did something right.”