Times of Israel is liveblogging Sunday’s events as they unfold.
Conference guests cite law enforcement orders to stay inside, while footage shows protesters outside chanting ‘Shut it down’
Hundreds protest outside AIPAC conference
Hundreds of protesters are gathering outside of the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, protesting America’s financial support for Israel. Protesters include prominent journalist Max Blumenthal, whose father, Sid Blumenthal, is a strong supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Security teams have closed the main doors to the Washington Convention Center in order to prevent friction between the protesters outside and the some 18,000 conference-goers inside.
Demonstrators are carrying signs with anti-Israel slogans, including “From the river to the sea, Palestine will soon be free.”
Although this year’s protest seems to be larger than that of previous years, anti-Israel protests are a long-standing aspect of AIPAC’s annual confab. Members of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect maintain a protest outside the conference throughout the three-day-long event, joining pro-Palestinian activists during the organized protests.
Pro-Palestinian rally ‘traps AIPAC attendees in hall’
Attendees at the annual AIPAC conference in Washington, DC say they are told to remain in the convention hall for their own safety, due to a pro-Palestinian rally outside the venue.
Footage shows dozens of protesters outside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, waving Palestinian flags and banners calling for the rights of Palestinians to return to Israel, and chanting “Shut it down” and “This way to the racist convention.”
US Vice President Joe Biden is due to address the conference later tonight, while all the candidates still in the presidential race, save for Bernie Sanders, are scheduled to speak there tomorrow.