March for Israel: Jewish groups demonstrate in Washington, DC | ET REALITY

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Protesters from across the United States gathered on Washington’s National Mall on Tuesday in a large show of solidarity with Israel as it wages war in the Gaza Strip in response to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack.

Organizers intended the rally, called the March for Israel, to respond to critics of Israel, where some 1,200 people were killed in the attack, and was intended to be a strong signal to American politicians not to waver in their support for Israel as it Calls for Israel grew. a ceasefire. In the speeches of legislators invited to the rally, there were no signs of such hesitation.

“We grieve with you, we stand with you, and we will not rest until you get all the assistance you need,” said Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and, as Senate majority leader, the highest-ranking Jewish elected official in the Senate. country. .

Following Mr. Schumer in a bipartisan lineup of speakers was Mike Johnson, Republican of Louisiana and the new House speaker. “Calls for a ceasefire are outrageous,” he said, prompting the crowd to chant “No ceasefire.” “Israel will cease its counteroffensive when Hamas ceases to be a threat to the Jewish state.”

The march was organized within days by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Schools, synagogues and community centers sent buses with attendees. As the speeches began, the mall was packed with people from Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Boston, Philadelphia and elsewhere in the country, waving American and Israeli flags and holding signs declaring their support.

Over the course of the event, tens of thousands of people gathered on the Mall, the national park located between the United States Capitol and the Washington Monument. The U.S. Park Police, which has jurisdiction, does not provide official crowd estimates, nor does the city’s Metropolitan Police Department.

Tamara Wilkof, 71, was among hundreds who had arrived in Washington on about two dozen buses from Cleveland. “It’s definitely a message of unity,” she said, adding that she believed people had been galvanized by the rise in anti-Semitism since the attack. A fellow protester mentioned that a Jewish cemetery in suburban Cleveland was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti last weekend.

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