Clashes erupt on day 1 of AIPAC conference in DC

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Clashes broke out in front of the Washington Convention Center on Sunday, as two rival protests coordinated by the Jewish Defence League (JDL) and If Not Now movement faced off on the first day of the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference. Hundreds of If Not Now supporters called for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and blamed the Trump administration of restrictive policies on immigrants and refugees. Pro-Israeli JDL demonstrators tried to disrupt anti-AIPAC rally, attacking and beating the movement's supporters.

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