Nearly 300,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for the “March for Israel,” demonstrating support for the U.S. alliance with the Jewish state in the wake of the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, calling for the release of the 240 hostages held in Gaza, and denouncing rising antisemitism violence and harassment across America and globally.
The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) coordinated around 200 buses transporting demonstrators to the rally, and CAM Advisory Board Chair Natan Sharansky was among the speakers who addressed the gathering.
“As long as we stand together and fight together, we will win,” Sharanksy said. “This is what gives us hope today in Israel.”
“Our brave soldiers are fighting knowing very well that they fight for the future of Israel and the Jewish people,” he added.
“But then we find out that there is another front to this war,” Sharansky noted. “And it’s not in the tunnels of Gaza, not in the hills of the Galilee, but in Harvard, in Yale, in Penn, in Columbia, in all those places that are supposed to be the bastions of enlightenment and wisdom. And from these places we hear today the gleeful cheers of those who want this most barbaric awful pogrom in modern history and say this is a liberation movement.”
Anila Ali, president of the American Muslim & Multifaith Women’s Empowerment Council (AMMWEC), a CAM partner organization, declared, “I stand before you as a friend of the Jewish people. I am here to affirm to my Abrahamic brothers and sisters that you are not alone.”
She concluded her remarks saying “Am Yisrael Chai” (“the people of Israel live”).
U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt said, “Antisemitism, or more explicitly Jew-hatred, the world’s longest, oldest form of prejudice, has pierced and permeated too many countries, too many cultures. It comes to us from all political, religious, and cultural directions. Groups that agree on nothing else, agree on their suspicion and hatred of Jews. And if we needed any reminder about the validity of that claim, the past five weeks have made it plain.”
The #MarchForIsrael rally in Washington D.C. has kicked off with an estimated 200,000 people in attendance.
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) November 14, 2023
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— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 14, 2023