Left-wing MK blasted for joining anti-AIPAC protest
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Left-wing MK blasted for joining anti-AIPAC protest

Tamar Zandberg, flown to Washington on pro-Israel lobby’s dime, called ‘human trash’ and ‘filth’ over her participation in IfNotNow demonstration against group

Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg speaks at a rally in support of legalizing marijuana in Tel Aviv on February 4, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg speaks at a rally in support of legalizing marijuana in Tel Aviv on February 4, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

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.

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.”

IfNotNow protesters demonstrating at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC, March 26, 2017. (Ron Kampeas/JTA)
IfNotNow protesters demonstrating at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC, March 26, 2017. (Ron Kampeas/JTA)

In a Facebook post, Zandberg said the criticism was “a sign I did something right.”

At the AIPAC conference, IfNotNow held a series of protests, during which demonstrators blocked the doors to the event hall and unfurled banners against AIPAC and Israel’s presence in the West Bank.

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