MARCH 18, 2010



Jews to Fight American


Pro-Hamas Rallies

by Hana Levi Julian
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(IsraelNN.com) Starting Thursday in New York at Ground Zero, Jews plan to demonstrate against a spate of pro-Hamas rallies slated to take place around the United States. According to Bob Kunst, president of Shalom International / Defend Jerusalem Coalition, thousands of “anti-American and pro-Hamas” marchers are poised to converge in some 50 locations around the country within the next few days.

One of the first anti-Hamas events will be a mass emergency rally to support the State of Israel, scheduled for Thursday, March 18 at 12:00 noon, to be held in New York City several yards away from the site of the “9/11” al-Qaeda terror attack, Ground Zero.

Most of the pro-Hamas demonstrations around the country were strategically scheduled for March 20, Saturday morning, a time when religious Jews usually are in synagogue attending weekly Sabbath morning prayers. “We have therefore also scheduled some of our counter-rallies for these times,” said Kunst, “even though it will mean a hardship for Jews, who will have to find accommodations near the site in order to avoid having to travel and otherwise desecrating the Sabbath. We simply had no choice. This challenge must be met.”

One “Support America and Israel” rally will take place on March 20 at 9:20 a.m. in Washington D.C. on the corners of Connecticut Avenue and M Street and 18 Street, Kunst added.

Demonstrators from the Shalom International / Defend Jerusalem Coalition will also protest at 9:00 a.m. each day outside the AIPAC National Convention, to highlight what he called the lobby organization’s “disaster and betrayal” of Israel. Kunst accused AIPAC of “joining Obama to divide Jerusalem and Israel” – a move underscored by its scheduling of Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair as its keynote speaker.

Kunst said his group would protest “this outrageous sellout of Israel” – which he said was “also endangering America.” The AIPAC convention is scheduled to take place in Washington on March 21, 22, and 23.

AIPAC, however, has organized its own campaign to pressure the White House into reaffirming its support for the State of Israel. The lobbyist group has sent out an Internet alert asking members of its email list to urge Congressional members and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “immediately take every step necessary to defuse tensions with Israel.”

The group provides electronic text for an email or printed letter to be sent to the writer’s U.S. Senators and House Representatives, and the letter is sent automatically to that writer’s designated legislators by AIPAC on their behalf. Click here to participate in the campaign.

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