Iyar 26, 5769, 20 May 09 11:55
by Hillel Fendel
An activists’ press conference will be held in New York on Wednesday, and a giant protest will be held in Jerusalem on Thursday, calling on the US to stop pressuring Israel to make dangerous concessions.
The press conference is sponsored or supported by a wide array of Jewish organizations in the U.S. and Israel. It will be held at JFK Airport, Terminal 4, fourth floor, at 5 PM on Wednesday. The messages to be delivered include:
The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people for over 3,000 years and must not be negotiated away.
No other nation has ever built a state within its borders, and from the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago and until 1948, no other nation ever claimed it as their land. The notion that the Land of Israel is "Palestinian" is an egregious mistake based on ignorance of history.
All major Jewish organizations are called upon to reaffirm their commitment to the Biblical Heritage and the unbreakable bonds between the Jews and their land. A petition to this effect has been circulated.
Speaking at the event will be Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem; Rabbi David Algaze of the NY-based World Committee for the Land of Israel; Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith, the Mayor of Itamar in the Shomron; and Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein.
In Jerusalem on Thursday, at the height of the celebrations marking the 42nd anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War, thousands are expected to gather to protest American pressure on Israel.
Specifically, the protest will focus on U.S. President Barack Obama’s sharp demand, during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit in Washington, for a "two-state solution" and an end to Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria.
The protest will be preceded by Jerusalem Day dancing at the Mashbir (females) and outside the Great Synagogue (males). At 6 PM, the participants will gather nearby at Paris Square, outside the Kings Hotel, and will then walk down Agron St. to the American Consulate for the event.
Several grassroots nationalist organizations, such as Mateh Ma'amatz, Almagor, and others, have banded together to organize the rally. Though some felt that Jerusalem Day is not the time for a protest, the majority felt otherwise. Almagor’s Meir Indor explained, “The essence of this day is the preservation of the Land of Israel and Jerusalem for the Jewish People. We do not want to be like ostriches, burying our heads in the sand, by celebrating only the past and ignoring the dangers of the future. Obama’s plans are a threat and peril to our continued existence here.”
The event will include the reading aloud, in various languages, including Arabic and Farsi (Persian), of an oath of allegiance to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem. The public will call out, “I affirm” three times, and will then begin their march, with Israeli flags, to the Old City just a few hundred meters away. They will circumnavigate the Old City, culminating at the Western Wall.