The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is hosting its annual policy conference in Washington D.C. this week. The gathering comes following President Obama’s controversial speech on the 1967 borders. The state of Israel has been a thorny issue in international politics since its 1948 inception. In its 63-year history, Israel and its allies have been criticized not only for its unfair treatment of Palestinians, but also the unbalanced coverage of the conflict in the Western media.
Move Over AIPAC is a group of anti-AIPAC protesters also meeting in Washington this week, the first of its kind in countering AIPAC and other Israel lobbies. On May 20, 30 members of the group gathered for a flash mob in D.C.’s Union Station to bring attention to their cause. Flash mobs are generally associated with people getting together to do pointless, silly activities. However, there is a growing use of flash mobs for political activism. Flash mobs are also great for bringing attention to an issue that generally go under the radar.