[Editor’s note: Hundreds of Jewish New Yorkers joined the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity March in New York City, Wednesday, to demonstrate their support to all those people affected by the policies of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who held meetings in Washington DC the same day.
Protesters gathered in the Main Concourse of Grand Central Station, and then took to the city’s streets, chanting and holding signs and banners demanding the immediate end of the occupation of Palestine, denouncing Islamophobia, and claiming "No Ban, No Wall”.
It is well worth listening to the full speech of Rabbi Jacobowitz at the Mass Jewish Protest in front of the White House, especially for those who fail to differentiate between the evil, extremist Zionists who are more secular than Jewish and the great majority of Jews, especially the religious Jews.
As the Rabbi points out, world Jewry does not support Israel and it’s actions that violate the cornerstones of Judaism, he condemns the IDF as an ‘immoral army’ and the actions of Israel towards it’s own citizens and neighbours.
The Rabbi’s own words convey the real situation in stark and blunt terms and should be carefully noted:
Benjamin Netanyahu and the Zionist establishment does not represent the Jewish nation and the Jewish people. Netanyahu and his ilk, they do represent the evil, they do represent the wicked, Netanyahu and his government represent brutality, they represent aggression and bloodshed; they represent the greatest international security threat to human society.
The Trump administration is going to be opposed by more and more of these peaceful mass demonstrations and protests and I wholeheartedly encourage this. The best way to oppose this regime that seeks to conquer and divide the US by sowing Islamophobia and inter-ethnic hatred is by peaceful mass uprising – become ungovernable and the government must fall.
Once Trump has fallen, Bibi must be next on the hit list as he represents, in the words of Rabbi Jacobowitz "the greatest international security threat to human society.” Ian]
On Wednesday afternoon, hundreds of people, including a number of Orthodox Jewish activists, held demonstrations near the White House and the Trump International Hotel in Washington to protest against Netanyahu’s visit to the US, the Middle East Eye news website reported.
They also voiced opposition to the illegal settlements Israel is building on the occupied Palestinian land and to Trump’s campaign promise to move the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds. In addition, they protested against the choice of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel.
Many protesters were chanting “Bibi go home!” as the DC Metro Police watched them from their patrol cars.
“It’s our position that it is not in America’s best interest to have Friedman as an ambassador because he’s biased,” Kristin Szremski, the media director for American Muslims for Palestine, told Middle East Eye. “It’s not good for Americans because it will hurt our credibility with our global partners, and it’s not good for Palestinians because he supports annexation, and he supports moving the embassy to Jerusalem, which will only inflame tensions in the Muslim and Arab world.”
In downtown Boston, dozens of protesters first held a demonstration in front of Government Center on Wednesday afternoon but then marched towards the Israeli consulate’s office in the city, according to the Boston Globe.
They also protested against Israel’s illegal settlements and the possibility of the Trump administration moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.
In addition, the demonstrators protested against Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexican border and his controversial temporary ban on immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“Simply because of my religion, I am denied entry to the city where I grew up for the first 13 years of my life,” Yamila Shannan, 45, said as she addressed the protesters.
Trump has said he is “thinking seriously” about moving the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem al-Quds.
The new US president has also signaled that the United States, under his administration, would be far more tolerant of the illegal Israeli settlement construction.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
The continued expansion of Israeli settlements has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.
Trump said last week Israel’s construction of illegal settlements is not a good thing but “I don’t want to condemn Israel.”
He made the remarks in an interview with Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, ahead of Netanyahu’s visit to the White House.
“They (settlements) don’t help the process. I can say that,” he told the pro-Netanyahu daily. “There is so much land left. And every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left. But we are looking at that, and we are looking at some other options we’ll see. But no, I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace.”
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