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News, August 2012
CODEPINK Peace Activist Rae Abileah Wins Compensation, Apology from AIPAC Militant Stanley Shulster
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 31, 2012
Woman who disrupted Israeli Prime Minister was hospitalized for injuries, now satisfied by settlement
Rae Abileah, a peaceful demonstrator from CODEPINK who was physically
injured on May 24, 2011, in the U.S. House of Representative Gallery,
while protesting during the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, reached a settlement in a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court
for the District of Columbia with defendant Stanley Shulster. The
settlement provided for compensatory damages, an apology, and a joint
Joint Statement of Rae Abileah and Stanley Shulster:
We have reached an agreement in the lawsuit brought by Rae Abileah
against Stanley Shulster. Our agreement resolves Ms. Abileah's
claim that Mr. Shulster assaulted her while she protested during a
speech at the U.S. Capitol by Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu,
and Mr. Shulster's defense that he did not assault her.
On November 14, 2010, members of the pro-Occupation group Stand With
Us (SWU) entered a meeting of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and sprayed
pepper spray into two JVP members’ eyes. “When our regular chapter
meeting suddenly filled with furious, disruptive Jews, I wondered what
about us bothered them so much,” Glen Hauer, a longtime JVP member,
said. “We are only doing what our tradition teaches all Jews to
Ms. Abileah’s protest and subsequent assault was widely covered by news sources including CNN, ABC, NBC, San Francisco Chronicle, Yediot Ahronot, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, and Aljazeera. Ms. Abileah is available for interview upon request.
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