Shalom International will hold a "defend Jerusalem" rally during the visit of United States President Barack Obama to Israel. The group runs the DefendJerusalem website and has previously demonstrated in Israel on behalf of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and against territorial compromise. The group's leader Robert Kunst is visiting from the United States for the event. They will also call for the release of Jewish-American prisoner Jonathan Pollard.
The location of the rally will Tzahal Square at the corner of Jaffa Road and Haim Bar Lev Boulevard. The location is significant because between 1948 and 1967 it was the dividing line between the State of Israel and the occupied Old City of Jerusalem under the jurisdiction of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The rally will take place Tuesday March 20th at 2:00PM Israel time.