Protest groups shouted and halted traffic Sunday outside the Washington convention center where President Obama spoke before the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the country’s largest pro-Israel lobbyist.
“People who voted for Mr. Obama will not vote for him a second time. And I say this as a Democrat,” said Miami resident Bob Kunst, president of Shalom International. He said the crowd of about 100 protesters was about twice as large as last year’s group.
The crowd assembled outside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center before Mr. Obama’s motorcade arrived at 11:30 a.m. from the White House, about eight blocks away, and the people stayed for much of the day.
Ms. Abileah said one male protestor was “snatched up” by police after he tried to block the motorcade.
The protesters — including some dressed as clowns and one wearing an Obama head — by noon had largely moved from the intersection of Ninth Street and Mount Vernon Place Northwest to greet the AIPAC activists as they left the convention center for lunch.
“I’m here to make sure Israel is protected against a two-state solution,” he said. “I’m a real Zionist.”
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