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AIPAC Protest Features Organizer Calling Progressive Zionists ‘Nazis’

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March 27, 2019
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The organizer of the March 24 protest against the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference called progressive Zionists “Nazis” during the Washington, D.C. protest that began in front of the White House and ended in front of the AIPAC conference.

The protest was spearheaded by Al-Awda, an organization that advocates for the Palestinian Right of Return and has reported ties to myriad Palestinian terror groups. Al-Awda’s executive director, Abbas Hamideh, is listed as the “national organizer” on the protests’ GoFundMe page.

Hamideh can be seen on video saying, “We are not here to be lovey-dovey with the progressive Zionists, because a progressive Zionist is like a progressive Nazi! There is no difference between a progressive Zionist and a progressive Nazi member!”

According to the Jerusalem Post, Hamideh also said during the protest, “We are demanding an end to AIPAC’s influence over our American politicians. We demand an end to the Benjamins that go to the politicians.”

Hamideh has a history of voicing support for Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on social media and has tweeted that “Israel does not have a right to exist,” adding that the Jewish state is a “terrorist entity.” He was also seen in a photograph with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) in January.

Chants of “Israel is a terror state” can also be seen from the anti-AIPAC protest:

The Progressive Zionists of the California Democratic Party (PZCDP) said in a statement sent to the Journal via email, “We acknowledge activists protesting AIPAC this year believe that Zionist Jews are the real anti-Semites — if this belief seems incredibly paradoxical and inaccurate, that is because it is. Unfortunately, PZCDP sees similar rhetoric every day from other fringe anti-Israel activists on the left, within the California Democratic Party and elsewhere.”

“We would always prefer to see people confront their anti-Semitism and change rather than continue to espouse offensive hateful statements that call for the denial of Jewish self-determination,” the PZCDP continued. “However, we also recognize an apology would be extraordinarily off brand for this strain of vicious anti-Jewish ‘activism’.”

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