A groundswell of support is building in anticipation of the upcoming anti-Obama demonstration set for this coming Sunday, April 25, in New York City, outside the Israel Consulate. According to organizer Beth Gilinsky, head of the Jewish Action Alliance, groups are still calling to express their support and register for the event.
The protest is intended to convey to the Obama administration the intense dissatisfaction of American Jews and others with the increasingly hostile attitude of the White House towards the State of Israel. “The people are shocked by President [Barack] Obama's reckless and radical policies that they believe are endangering America, Israel and world freedom,” Gilinsky explained in an interview with Israel National News.
"Protesters will be calling on the president to stop disarming America, stop undermining America's best friend and ally in the Middle East – Israel – and to stand with Israel and America's friends, rather than appeasing Iran, dictators and Jihadists,” Gilinsky added.
More than 21 Jewish and other organizations have already signed on to the event.
Thousands are expected to attend the rally, which Gilinsky said will give voice to the increasing disillusionment with the president that Jews and others have expressed, including many who voted Obama into office.
That disappointment has gradually coalesced in response to the double standard displayed by the Obama administration in the wake of an ill-timed announcement during a visit to Israel by Vice President Joe Biden that ongoing housing project plans had been approved in Jerusalem. The numerous condemnations and recriminations showered upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the heels of the announcement -- beginning with a twice-issued harsh condemnation by Biden himself while still in Israel -- and the subsequent manner in which he was treated during a visit to the White House several weeks later, said Gilinsky, confirmed fears that the Obama administration was hostile to the State of Israel, giving the Arab world license to renew and escalate attacks.
The White House did not condemn – nor did it even mention – an official Palestinian Authority ceremony held during Biden's visit, honoring one of the most brutal terrorists in Israel's history by naming a public square in her memory.
“Many Israelis, and we, feel that the treatment of Israel during the last several weeks by President Obama, [Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton, and spokemen for the administration has been an unprecedented attempt to humiliate the Jewish State and a willful isolation of it among the community of nations," Gilinsky said. "Those attending the protest believe Obama is encouraging other Western countries, as well as Arab countries, to treat Israel as a diplomatic pariah and even question Israel's legitimacy as a state itself."
“The large crowd expected to attend on Sunday is coming to speak Truth to Power,” she added. “We will not be silent.”
For more information about Sunday's rally, contact Ronn Torossian in New York at 212-995-5585.