The five Jewish-American and Israeli protesters stood up and held banners denouncing the settlements. Sheriff's deputies escorted them out to a chorus of shouts and boos, and they were released without charges. One audience member took a protest banner left behind and ripped it with his teeth.
Rae Abileah, a 28-year-old protester from San Francisco, shouted "the settlements betray Jewish values" as she was grabbed by Orleans Parish sheriff's deputies and pulled out of the hall. She said a man sitting in front of her tried to stuff a seat cover into her mouth to silence her. Audience members pushed a male protester and cursed at him after he interrupted the prime minister's speech.
There are many Israeli and American Jewish people with a conscience, and a very clear understanding of what Netanyahu's government is doing with these settlements; unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be enough to turn the tide against current Israeli government policies on the issue.
Those policies include a very brisk annexation of the West Bank and Jerusalem, coupled with forcible expulsions of Palestinians from the homes their families have live in for generations.