Written By Shafeek Ahmad, Published On 14-November-2023, 08:47 PM EST.
Washington, D.C. – November 14, 2023
Tens of thousands of demonstrators converged on the National Mall in Washington on November 14, 2023, for the Americans March for Israel, a powerful display of solidarity in response to the resurgence of antisemitism. Organized by various Jewish organizations, the rally featured speeches from a diverse range of figures, including Israeli President Isaac Herzog, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Representative Mike Johnson, the newly appointed speaker of the U.S. House.
Solidarity Amidst Rising Antisemitism
The rally, themed “Never again is now,” drew attention to the alarming rise of antisemitic incidents globally, with activists comparing the current climate to the hatred that led to the Holocaust. Signs proclaiming “Free the hostages” and “Never again” were prominent in the crowd as speakers addressed the audience.
Schumer affirmed U.S. support for Israel, emphasizing the commitment to secure the release of hostages. Herzog, speaking from Israel, reflected on the historical significance of Jews emerging from Auschwitz and stressed the need to collectively say “Never again” in response to recent terror attacks, particularly the one last month that claimed the lives of 1,200 Israelis.
Representative Mike Johnson underscored the bipartisan unity in Washington regarding Israel’s survival, stating, “The state of Israel and her people unite us together — and it unites all Americans.
Recent Developments and Counterprotests
The Americans March for Israel follows a pro-Palestinian demonstration on the National Mall just over a week ago and a massive anti-antisemitism rally in France. A few dozen anti-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox Jews led by Rabbi Dovid Feldman staged a counterprotest, expressing opposition to Zionism and drawing criticism from passersby. U.S. Park Police intervened to prevent confrontations between opposing groups.
Feldman, asserting that the March for Israel does not represent the Jewish people, blamed Israel entirely for the October 7 assault by Hamas, a claim rejected by major Jewish groups. He expressed outrage at the loss of life in the Gaza Strip and clarified his opposition to violence against civilians.
Diverse Perspectives and Calls for Peace
Participants like Sam Markstein from the Republican Jewish Coalition emphasized the solidarity between the Republican Party and Jews in supporting Israel. Meanwhile, individuals like Avi Light voiced a desire for peace beyond the ongoing conflicts, expressing concern for the safety of friends serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
The rally also saw encounters between supporters and critics of Israel, with heated exchanges and U.S. Park Police intervention. Diverse perspectives, including those emphasizing humanitarian aid, were present, highlighting the complex nature of the Israel-Palestine issue.
In the vicinity of the protest, Rabbi Yehuda Pevzner of Brooklyn, part of a group of Hasidic Jews, emphasized the obligation to help those in danger, citing recent incidents of antisemitism worldwide.
Source – Voa News
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