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Saying that everyone attending the rally serves as ”watchmen on the wall of Israel,” he poiinted to the religious rights granted to minorities in Israel, as well as rights for women and said that Israel is “the only democracy in the Middle East.”
“I believe that all of us who worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob found in the Bible see the modern state of Israel as an expression of God’s fidelity to his friend Abraham,” he said, “so we are concerned and pay attention to what’s happening in Israel.”
As organizational and community leaders gathered on the stage, the rally attendees held aloft signs saying, “Stop the UN Double Standards,” “Israel: We Stand With You,” ”Jews Want Peace: Arabs Want Pieces,” and “Denounce Durban III,” while a sea of blue and white Israeli flags were also raised.
“The whole land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people,” said Helen Freedman, the executive director of Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI). “The unilateral declaration of independence is very, very dangerous, because what it does is signal to the Arabs that they now have a state. There’s no legitimacy to their claim for a state, but the population will get the message that they do have entitlement and the whole situation will really spiral out of control,” she declared.
Roz Rothstein, national director of the pro-Israel student advocacy organization “StandWithUs,” said, “Today we are all Israelis.” Pointing to the UN, she quipped, “In that building over there, they are fools. They have turned right and wrong upside down. They have turned evil and good upside down.”
“Do not compromise in the name of peace. Do not even talk about peace when the other does not want it,” intoned Simon Deng, a refugee from the Sudan and a former slave. Calling himself a “friend of the State of Israel,” he drew wild applause from the crowd when he called for “an undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.” Spotlighting the horrific hypocrisy of the world body, Deng said, “The UN is turning a blind eye to racism in the Islamic world while condemning democratic Israel.”
Focusing on the escalating genocidal agenda emanating from Tehran, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Danny Danon, said, “Inside the UN today you can see hatred against the Jewish people. President Obama, you have to wake up and you have to show leadership and you have to deal with the threat that is coming from Iran.”
Other speakers included Herb London of the Hudson Institute; Dr. Marvin Belsky of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI); Richard Allen of JCC Watch; Bishop Carlton T. Brown, from Harlem, who spoke on behalf of 15 uptown churches; and Rabbi Yaakov Y. Kermaier, the spiritual leader of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Synagogue and president of the New York Board of Rabbis.
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