Halfway through Rep. Blumenauer's speech promoting Portland's bicycle culture, protesters floated a five-by-10-foot banner to the ceiling of the University of Oregon ballroom. The banner read "AIPAC" with an arrow pointing backward and "Enviro Justice" with an arrow pointing forward. The group claims that being in lockstep with AIPAC contradicts environmental values.
Literature distributed by the protesters cited the environmental impacts of the occupation including the number of Palestinian olive trees uprooted by the Israeli military since the second intifada (over
500,000) and information about the Israeli bombing of the sewage treatment plant in Gaza resulting in raw sewage contaminating the Mediterranean Sea.
questions during the Q&A to prevent protesters from addressing what they call "social and environmental justice contradictions."
Rep. Blumenauer received further protest when he arrived at the AIPAC meeting on Sunday in Portland. Over three dozen protesters held signs protesting Israeli actions in the West Bank and Gaza and constructed a mock separation wall.
Co-founder, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER)