Prominent Jewish groups across the United States are set to stage a powerful demonstration of unity in Washington, D.C., to show their support for Israel and to denounce the recent terror activities conducted by Hamas. This demonstration is also a call for the immediate release of hostages.
The ‘March for Israel’ event is a collaborative effort between the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. It is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, at 1 p.m. at the iconic National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The ‘March for Israel’ will serve as a platform for Americans from all walks of life to express their solidarity with Israel’s people and denounce the escalating incidents of antisemitic violence and harassment. The march also aims to urge swift and safe release of all hostages, as stated on the march’s official website.
Safety is a top priority for the event organizers. Attendees can expect stringent security measures, including high-detection metal detectors and identification wristbands.
Eric D. Fingerhut, the CEO and the President of the Jewish Federations of North America, in a statement, drew attention to the severity of the situation by comparing the recent killings by Hamas to the Holocaust.
He emphasized the need for Israel to eradicate the threat of terrorism on its borders to ensure the safety of its citizens. He also pointed out that America’s support for Israel stems from the understanding that Israel’s battle against Hamas mirrors America’s struggle against Al Qaeda and ISIS.
The Jewish Federations of North America, representing several independent communities and 146 federations, is devoted to fostering thriving Jewish communities in the U.S. and globally. The march comes at a time of worldwide protests and unrest in response to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. Anti-Israel protests on U.S. college campuses have been a particular point of concern.
The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism has noted a significant increase in antisemitic incidents across the U.S. in the wake of the Hamas attacks. Reports of harassment, vandalism, and assault have soared by 388 percent compared to the same period last year.
In a recent tragic incident, a Jewish man, Paul Kessler, lost his life following a brutal assault that left him with a fatal head injury. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Kessler’s death a homicide. The identity of the perpetrator is yet to be released by the police.