Capitol Police say Rachel Abileah disrupted a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was removed by police officers. Netanyahu was addressing a joint meeting of Congress.The anti-Israel Move Over AIPAC claims Rae was "brutally attacked" by "other members of the audience—wearing badges from the conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee."
Abileah has been charged with unlawful conduct and disruption of Congress, both misdemeanors.
Police won't comment on the nature of her illness or why she had to be taken to the hospital.
“I am in great pain, but this is nothing compared to the pain and suffering that Palestinians go through on a regular basis,” said Abileah from her hospital bed. “I have been to Gaza and the West Bank, I have seen Palestinians homes bombed and bulldozed, I have talked to mothers whose children have been killed during the invasion of Gaza, I have seen the Jewish-only roads leading to ever-expanding settlements in the West Bank. This kind of colonial occupation cannot continue. As a Jew and a U.S. citizen, I feel obligated to rise up and speak out against stop these crimes being committed in my name and with my tax dollars.”Yeah, yeah, cry me a bleeping river! She's about as injured as I am the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. That photo looks about as phony as a three dollar bill.
I found this interesting article. Almost a year ago, in May 2010, Rae Abileah defended the violent Gaza Flotilla in the following Alternet piece.
This week no matter what channel you’ve turned to, you’ve likely heard about the Israeli military’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, a collection of ships that attempted to break the siege of Gaza and distribute tons and tons of humanitarian aid (stuff usually not allowed into Gaza like cement, medicines, toys, spices, jam, chocolate, potato chips and so on). Over 700 people, including my friend and colleague Ann Wright who is a retired Army colonel and diplomat, were on those ships from nearly 50 countries, and were jailed by Israel for trying to deliver the aid. Most have been released and their stories are now coming out – you can hear Ann on Democracy Now! today. 9 humanitarian aid workers were shot and killed by the Israeli military.Seems the only misinformation was coming from the anti-Semitic Left. As members of the IDF were boarding the ship, they were violently attacked by the supposedly "peaceful" activists with knives and metal batons. This unedited radio transmission shows that, as the Israeli Navy came close to the ship, the Gaza activists responded with Israeli Navy is told by one of the ships to "shut up, go back to Auschwitz" (2:05) and "don't forget 9-11" (5:42).
There’s a lot of misinformation going around about this attack, and some valiant efforts of Israel’s PR team to cover up the truth. The world is outraged about the massacre; Israel is isolating itself in the global community, and the US continues to be one of the only allies still blinded by Israeli propaganda, though just today US officials are saying the blockade of Gaza is “untenable“.
Abileah also retweeted this article at the Code Pinko website, defending the Jew-hating former White House correspondent "Hezbollah" Helen Thomas.
Still no word yet on who the Congressperson was who gave her the pass to the House gallery.