In honor of Jerusalem Day, and in defense of the city that is the capital of the Jewish people, the One Jerusalem organization has opened a campaign to make clear that the people of Israel are opposed to the division of Jerusalem. The highlight of the campaign will be the distribution of tens of thousands of Israeli flags that will be distributed to drivers around Israel.
The campaign was organized in the wake of last week's speech by U.S. President Barack Obama, who called for dividing Jerusalem and giving half of it to the PA as the capital of a new Arab state in Judea and Samaria, as well as in reaction to the PA's plan to ask the UN to recognize the state they plan to declare next September.
Beginning Monday, tens of thousands of Israeli flags, bearing the symbol of Jerusalem and the phrase “One Jerusalem” will be distributed to drivers around the country. Drivers who display their flag will be casting a vote against the division of the city, expressing their support for a united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The flags will also contain the Facebook address of the One Jerusalem organization, in the expectation that many more people will connect to the organization on the popular social networking platform.
One Jerusalem spokesperson Shlomo Rabinowitz said that “this is a campaign to reach the man and woman in the street. Tens of thousands of people will fly our flags, thus saying 'no' to a division of Jerusalem.”
One Jerusalem has been operating for more than a decade, emphasizing the need to ensure that Jerusalem remains united. The organization was started in the wake of reports from Camp David over a decade ago that in negotiations between former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and then-PA chief Yasser Arafat, Israel had agreed to surrender part of the city.
One Jerusalem organized the biggest rally in the city's history, with 400,000 people gathering on the hills around the Old City in an unprecedented rally in support of the city's unity. The world saw clearly saw then how many people are willing to swear fealty to Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel, thus allowing it to remain open to all the citizens of the world.