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Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has been disrupted in Washington DC by activists protesting against Israeli policy in the Middle East, Al Jazeera reports.
The heckling on Monday came after Netanyahu announced his commitment to Israel’s defence at a gala of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), a pro-Israel lobby.
Peace activists from Codepink, a group that calls for foreign policies based on diplomacy, not aggression, unfurled banners that read “Netanyahu: Build Peace Not Settlements!”
The activists also shouted “lift the siege of Gaza” before they were removed from the meeting.
As part of its protest, Codepink created a hoax version of the top Aipac spokesman’s email address and sent out a press statement calling on Israel to stop building new settlements.
The hoax was was picked up by US news organisations, including National Public Radio and ABC.
“Aipac calls on the Netanyahu government to make a conscious effort to move away from actions that create tensions between the two governments and undermine prospects for Israel-Palestine peace,” said the fake statement.
Netanyahu’s speech to AIPAC conference