The largest pro-Israel protest since the terrorist attack on October 7, by Hamas, is expected to be held Tuesday at the National Mall in Washington DC. The rally, organized by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CPMAJO), has three main objectives:
- March for Israel
- March to Free Hostages
- March Against Antisemitism
The event was held in part to counterbalance antisemitic and anti-Israel “protests of peace” which have been taking place all over the world in the weeks following Hamas’ massacre. More than 200 hostages, including several Americans, are still held by Hamas in Gaza. This important fact has slipped away from the headlines.
The organizers of the event on Tuesday are trying to bring the narrative back to the reality:
All over the world, we’ve heard hatred and antisemitism glorifying the attacks of October 7. These voices will not drown out the voices of Americans who are against terror and stand with Israel. It’s now time to speak up: to fight antisemitism and demand the release of hostages.
Early reports show a large group of supporters gathered in front of the Washington Monument wearing the blue and white colors of the Israeli flag.
Very large crowd gathering here on the National Mall for the March for Israel – program expected to start around 1pm pic.twitter.com/ORkyo95RkG
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) November 14, 2023
The rally will be interesting to see if it is peaceful. Ten days ago, pro-Hamas demonstrators marched their way to the White House to spray fake blood onto the gates. As we reported, a pro-Israel protester was killed recently, allegedly by a pro-Hamas agitator.
There’s reason to think that some bad actors may show up to today’s rally and cause mischief or worse.