(This article is published in Salon.)
Jewish American protesters were assaulted when they staged a protest and mock citizen’s arrest of a prominent Israeli politician at the Zionism 3.0 conference in Palo Alto, California on November 22.
Five protesters representing the organizations Jewish Voice for Peace, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, and Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism interrupted and symbolically served a citizen’s arrest warrant to Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who was a keynote speaker for the conference.
When Hotovely began to speak, the activists stood up in the audience and shouted “Tzipi Hotovely, this is a citizen’s arrest. We charge you with inciting colonial violence. We charge you with the crime of apartheid. You incite Israeli settlers and soldiers to attack Palestinian children. Your army has shot 2,500 Palestinians since October 1. Colonialism and dispossession are not Jewish values.”
After the protesters started shouting, audience members began to assault them. Three other activists joined the protesters inside, filming them with multiple cameras. They captured some, but not all, of the assaults on camera.