As suspected, leftist group CODEPINK has officially taken responsibility for the outburst that interrupted Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress. But in an interesting twist, it now claims the woman has been injured and is on her way to George Washington University Hospital with a "neck injury."
In fact, it's now posted the following picture with it's post:*
The group's full statement is below:
UPDATE: Rae Abileah is en route to George Washington University Hospital with a neck injury
24 May 2011 | Jewish protester disrupts Netanyahu During Congressional Address
From the peace group CODEPINK, Rae is a 28 yr. old Jewish American of Israeli descent. She has traveled to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and witnessed firsthand the reality of occupation and oppression. “Prime Minister Netanyahu says that the 1967 borders are indefensible. But what is really indefensible is the occupation of land, the starvation of Gaza, the jailing of dissenters and the lack of equal rights in the alleged Israeli democracy. As a Jew and an American taxpayer, I can’t be silent when these crimes are being committed in my name and with my tax money.”
Ms. Abileah grew up on Half Moon Bay and presently lives in San Francisco. She was arrested and charged with disrupting Congress. Upon release, she can be reached at 415-994-1723.
This protest is part of the week-long series of actions, organized by CODEPINK as part of a coalition of groups gathered in Washington D.C. for a campaign named Move Over AIPAC. During Netanyahu’s speech to AIPAC yesterday, 5 individuals interrupted Netanyahu and were removed from the building (see: http://bit.ly/aipac2011).
CODEPINK now says Abileah was "arrested from" the hospital.
*This picture and sentence was added after the original post was published.
The local Bay Area NBC affiliate is reporting that Abileah "alleges beating" following her interruption of Netanyahu's address.