On Tuesday, March 6th, during Senator Carl Levin's address to AIPAC, an activist with Occupy Wall Street and CODEPINK unfurled a large "Don't Bomb Iran" banner and shouted "Don't bomb Iran; Equal rights for Palestinians."
"I'm happy to talk over that, don't let that worry you," Levin said, then continuing to talk about the presence of U.S. troops in Israel.
Responding to the theme of the 2012 AIPAC Policy Conference--Shared Values--the activist proclaimed, "Nonviolence is a shared value!" She was grabbed by security and escorted out of the building. The protesters were Katie Falkenberg and Paul Talbot from New York City, who have been dedicated Occupy Wall Street activists and are members of the Revolutionary Games Collective. They worked with CODEPINK and Occupy AIPAC to coordinate the action.
Earlier on Tuesday, Levin, who is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
The Michigan Democrat said Tehran was violating a half-dozen U.N. resolutions. He said that as long as Iran refuses to open up its uranium enrichment facilities to U.N. inspections and refuses to stop the nuclear processing, “then I would say an attack on them by Israel is very likely.”