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“Zionism Misrepresents Judaism”: Jewish American Activists Protest AIPAC, NY Politicians

HeadlineFeb 23, 2024

Here in New York, thousands of protesters led by the group Jewish Voice for Peace marched from the U.N. to the offices of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, Thursday. The activists also took aim at elected leaders who have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from AIPAC, including House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. This is antiwar protester Patrick Brent.

Patrick Brent: “I’m here today not only as an American Jew, but as a combat veteran who is now an antiwar activist, among other things, to speak out against AIPAC and, in a larger scope, Zionism and how it misrepresents Judaism. And my demand is for U.S. politicians to cut ties with AIPAC and to get more serious about what their contingents say than what AIPAC has to say, as far as demanding a ceasefire, an immediate ceasefire, a permanent ceasefire, as a beginning toward a liberated Palestine.”

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