Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the special joint meeting of Congress Tuesday afternoon was interrupted early on by a heckler, what sounded like a woman shouting from the gallery. It is unknown whether she is from any organized group, and what she shouted was not understandable over TV broadcast.
UPDATED 1:45 P.M.: Women’s activism group CODEPINK has claimed credit for the heckler. According to Haaretz, the woman is Rae Abileah, a 28-year-old Jewish activist of Israeli descent. They report she yelled, “stop Israeli war crimes.”
Earlier this week, CODEPINK protesters also picketed outside the building where President Barack Obama delivered a speech about the Middle East to AIPAC.
The protester was removed, and the crowd in the chamber first booed her, then gave Netanyahu a standing ovation.
Netanyahu recovered quickly, going off his prepared text to say that “in our free societies, you can have protests,” pointing out that in the “you can’t have real protests in the farcical parliaments of Tehran and Tripoli. This is real democracy!”
Watch the clip below, which aired on CNN on May 24, 2011, and is embedded courtesy of CNN.