Police Arrest 18 at Protest of Former Israeli Leader

The arrests came one day after hundreds protested outside the Israeli consulate in San Francisco, citing recent killings of protesters in Gaza.

Police arrested 18 protesters for trespassing at the Jewish Community Center, where former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak spoke. (Photo courtesy of Palestinian Action Network)

In the midst of a busy week for Palestinian activism, police arrested 18 people for trespassing at an event where former Israeli prime minister spoke on Wednesday.

The Palestinian Action Network (PAN), Arab Resource Organizing Center (AROC),  Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area and other groups shouted him down former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, calling him a war criminal for his actions against Palestinians. Barak, who served as prime minister from 1999 to 2001 and as defense minister from 2007 to 2013, spoke at the Jewish Community Center to promote a new book.

Protesters were given a dispersal order before police arrested 18 people, according to Officer Giselle Linnane. They were cited for trespassing and released that night.

“As we have seen so horribly this week, the Nakba continues to this day, and I am here to stand against Israeli war criminals who have played a role in the dispossession and murder of Palestinians,” says AROC member Wassim Hage. “All communities are demanding justice and joining this struggle, because we will not be free until Palestine is free.”

On Tuesday, hundreds protested in front of the Israeli consulate in the Financial District and marched down Market Street in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, which marks forced displacement of Palestinians following the creation of Israel. The protest was made all the more urgent after Israeli troops fired on Palestinians protesting the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem, which killed at least 60 people.

A group of Israeli protesters stood across the street, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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