“A large group of dedicated activists gathered together across from the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan to show solidarity with our Israeli brethren who were simultaneously staging their third vigil with 20 other organizations to halt the opening of the Agron Street mission in Jerusalem.”
THERE IS ONLY ONE JERUSALEM!
AFSI’S URGENT VIGIL IN NEW YORK CITY WAS HELD SIMULTANEOUSLY
WITH THE SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT
Establishing an American consulate for the “Palestinian Authority” in Jerusalem is the de facto partition of the city and its transformation into the capital of “Palestine”. (Yehudit Kastover and Nadia Matar)
“Israeli Society is a friend of the American people. This is not something that one does to friends. We call upon the American administration — if it is so urgent for you to open as special consulate for the “Palestinians” — open it in Ramallah, not in Jerusalem.”[Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg]
Flickr slide show
US Turns Against Israel At UN
“Granting “Palestinian” “refugees” the right to return to Israel would be the end of Israel as a Jewish state. Furthermore, the issue of “Palestinian” “refugees” is a complete fallacy. A lie that has been perpetuated by the Palestinian Authority and the UN to destroy Israel.
The Biden Administration has been attacking Israel relentlessly as of late. However, it’s recent attacks against Israel is not surprising. Any honest person knew that the Biden Administration would be overtly hostile to the State of Israel. Just like the Obama Administration.” [The Geller Report]
Tell Biden and Company Jerusalem is the Eternal Capital of Israel. SUPPORT A UNITED JERUSALEM!
“Israel is the only country in the Middle East that assists other countries when in crisis. Whether it is the Israeli government, IsraAid or other Israeli organizations, Israel is there. Water, food, electricity, medical aid, assistance with repairing housing…Israel is there!
The media & other entities ignore this. Instead they continue to portray Israel as racist, murderers and aggressors.
Because of their constant mis-portrayal and indoctrination of the public, attacks against Jews continue to rise. NYC is ground zero for attacks against Jews.
The lies must stop! The public must see the truth. Silence is NOT an option.
Time to stop the promotion of Jew hatred!” #JewsFightBack
Flickr Slide show – Part 1 – Israel Pride says NO MORE LIES. Jews Fight Back.
August 29, 4:30 pm . Pro-palestine activists gathered at Grand Central Terminal to demand the Israeli “occupation” authorities return bodies of palestinian “martyrs” that they claim are withheld by the “occupation” authorities … in support of palestinian human rights …
Flickr Slide show Part 2- A protest promoting Intifada & anti-Semitic rhetoric, marked by their “National Day for the Recovery of ‘palestinian‘ and other Arab War ‘victims’ bodies” and the “Disclosure of the Fate of the Missing”. These anti-Israel lies must stop!
The pro-palestine activists organized the rally as palestinian families and human rights defenders marked the “National Day for the Recovery of palestinian and other Arab War Victims’ Bodies” and the “Disclosure of the Fate of the Missing” (on August 27, an annual observance).
Adalah claims, “No country in the world allows itself to hold and use bodies as a political bargaining chip, in violation of international humanitarian law (IHL), international human rights law, the UN Convention against Torture, which absolutely prohibits cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” [QuedsNen.co]
According to the organizers of the rally, their aim was to stand against the “ongoing genocide of the palestinian people, to honor the “martyrs” whose lives are taken on a daily basis.”
Israel Pride says NO MORE LIES. End Jew Hatred.
Time for this to stop being a one-way conversation!
[Where indicated, pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall-VSB]
Dec. 31, 2019. Solidarity rallies are all the rage – for now.
However, anyone who thinks the Left is suddenly ‘woke’ in solidarity, doesn’t understand the soc/commie/progs. As we found out this particular evening at Grand Army Plaza:It’s their way or no way.
Teaching prejudice and hate in our schools (like the very “progressive” Beacon HS in Manhattan) and our colleges (like NYU and Columbia with active MSA’s) ; unforgiving in their animus towards Israel (aka the Jews). They control the message, repeated by the media, shared in the “prog”synagogues and leftie churches: BDS good;Israel bad.
Some of our very leftist politicians and “rad” black leaders, anti-Semites Louis Farrakhan and the Rev Al Sharpton, join together under the pretense of solidarity. Jumanne Williams, Brad Lander pretend to encourage dialogue (but, not really) as this citizen discovered when he asked to mingle with his hand-out. He was told: No.
Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams, said of solidarity, “If they separate us, they will win. They will not separate us in Brooklyn. They will not separate us in New York City.” “They” apparently refers to the “orange Man in the White House”, mentioned as he wrapped up his speech.
So much for SOLIDARITY and can’t we all get along. The LEADERS of these FAUX solidarity rallies do not allow the free-exchange of ideas. Their hard “facts”: Good people on the Left. Bad people on the Right controls everyone, including the police.
Which brings us to Dec. 31, 2019. The last rally of the year hosted by the local Soc/Commie/Prog orgs led by known anti-Semite, LINDA SARSOUR.
Sarsour said, “When a community is being attacked, it is our duty and responsibility as neighbors to stand together and SAY NO, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. Safety is in our solidarity.” More importantly, she also said, “Nothing is creepier than Zionism. Jews are the enemy of the people”
Linda spent a great deal of time on her cell-phone (emblazoned with a “fakestinan” flag sticker).
She was clearly in-charge (despite her disclaimer) and only ‘moved-on” once she got results: sound, speakers where SHE wanted them and the opposition, isolated. They were NOT united with, nor welcoming of those deemed unacceptable (meaning those they labeled Jewish racist,nazis).
Yad Yamin and AFSI, two of the groups that tried to join the solidarity event, were isolated at the request of Sarsour. Placed in a pen so they could not engage with anyone.
The ability to mix and express concern with the rally’s misleading message, promoted by known anti-Semites, CAIR and Linda Sarsour, was denied: Free Speech was in a pen.
With “good intentions”, in pursuit of solidarity, it’s a propaganda battle difficult to win since so many ‘nice people’ are not able to recognize the prejudice motivating the Left.
VIDEO: “Jews against Racism”. You had to be of the LEFT persuasion, otherwise you were ostracized and NOT allowed to stand in solidarity.
VIDEO : A solidarity” rally with hostility towards the non- progs who came to question their known anti-Zionism aka anti-Semitism. Racists like Tamika Mallory (Mallory attended a Nation of Islam event at which black nationalist Louis Farrakhan made incendiary remarks about Jews) was there . Promoting togetherness? NOT.
VIDEO: They eventually created a tight circle around speakers who preached to their own with agitprop speeches. First speaker was the Rev. Kirsten John Foy, who spoke in 2015 at Louis Farrakhan’s Justice Or Else Rally (also formerly with anti-semite, Al Sharpton’s NAN- The National Action Network) . “In our unity, we will find our strength. Let there be peace. Salaam. Shalom.” Gotta ask, with that resume, “Unity of what; with whom?”
VIDEO:Barely Informed with Elad, while attempting to grab some interviews, was harassed – as usual – by the very racist, marxist/socialist, Andy Ratto (Rise and Resist). As his actions reveal, Andy does not embrace free speech. Ratto proudly supports censorship.
Ratto, also, claims that “NYC Rejects Racism and Fascism”. But, hypocrites like Ratto and Sarsour don’t represent NYC and don’t get called out by the complicit press. Solidarity? Be afraid, be very afraid.
Flickr slide show
How can we “unite” with Jew Haters?
“When you call for the elimination of the Jewish homeland, you call for the elimination of Jews. This must be addressed. Their goals are not ours.’Lyin Linda’s’ hateful anti-Israel agenda adds fuel to the fire of Jew-hared that is spreading across the United States.” (Yad Yamin)
We need to call them out!
[Where indicated, pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall (VSB)]
Demonstrators gathered outside the British Consulate in Manhattan, organized by Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns, on the day before Yom Kippur eve to denounce England’s Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn‘s anti-Semitism and the hate he has engendered in Britain’s political and social systems.[https://coalitionforjewishvalues.org] [/https://amchainitiative.org/about/]
“Holding placards such as “Corbyn: Evil Anti-Semite. For Shame!”, 30 demonstrators descended on the British Consulate in mid-Manhattan on Monday, September 17th, the day before Yom Kippur eve, to demand that British Labour Party head Jeremy Corbyn either “do tshuva” or resign. The action was not against the current Conservative Party government, but of concern that given today’s political instability in England, Labour could assume power.” [Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns press release]
“Corbyn is leading Labour toward anti-Semitism, and British Jews are right to be worried. In 2009, he invited Islamist “friends from Hamas” to the House of Commons and said that the idea that the group “should be labelled as a terrorist organisation by the British government is really a big, big historical mistake.” In 2010, he hosted an event (also at the House of Commons) on Holocaust Memorial Day in which a Jewish Auschwitz survivor compared the Israeli government to the Nazi regime. In 2014, he attended a ceremony in Tunisia and reportedly laid a wreath on the grave of one the Black September terrorists who murdered eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Before the Iranian state broadcaster, Press TV, was banned in January 2012, he reportedly accepted up to £20,000 for his appearances on the channel.” [National Review]
Video 1 :Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Associate Rabbi Ezra Seligsohn declared in a talk punctuated by chants from the demonstrators: “We are here to raise the alarm about growing anti-semitism across the world that’s embodied by the man Jeremy Corbyn. At this time, just before Yom Kippur, we speak of tshuva, repentence. There are two ways, one in our brain — we read about Jeremy Corbyn, a problematic, evil person and think we don’t want him to come to a position of power. The other is what you standing here have done, act on your beliefs — and this is full tshuva, full repentence. When Corbyn equates Israel and zionism with Nazism, we say, am yisrael chai — the Jewish people live! When he links arms with terrorists, we say, am yisrael chai! When he shares platforms with Holocaust deniers, we say, am yisrael chai!” Rabbi Seigsohn concluded by blowing a shofar, a symbol of both a call to repentance and alarm.
Video 2 : Judy Kadish, co-executive director of Americans for a Safe Israel, added: “It’s so important that we come out and stand outside the British Consulate, representing a country which is now our ally. But Jeremy Corbyn is rising to power, not despite his anti-semitism, but using it as his lever to create a following. It’s scary. Former British rabbi Jonathan Sacks said that never in his lifetime did he think this would happen again, but here it is. We will not honor a man, Jeremy Corbyn, who’s honored terrorists, whose members have told Jews supporting Israel to resign from posts in the Labour Party. He should do repentance.” The crowd shouted: Corbyn resign! Corbyn resign!”.
Video 3 : New York Board of Rabbis director Rabbi Joseph Potasnik told the crowd and hundreds of passersby: “We can actually commend Jeremy Corbyn for something no one else has done — bringing both left and right together. They agree: he’s an anti-semite. You can’t stand with Hamas, call them honorable, and think you’ll be honored. You can’t stand at the graves of the Munich Olympic terrorists and say you’re honorable. We all hope for repentance because we believe in miracles, but Corbyn won’t, so let him finally do the honorable thing and resign. We will not go away until he goes away.”
“The snap demonstration came the day after the normally low-profile British Jewish community turned out 2500 protesters against Corbyn in Manchester, a clear sign of their deep distress over the spread of anti-semitic hate in Labour with Corbyn at its helm.” [Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns press release]
Powerful words on the floor of Parliament from British Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks , on growing anti-Semitism. He ended with, “I never thought I would see this in my lifetime … that is why I cannot stay silent.”
[Where indicated, pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall]
Feb. 19, 2018. Noon The Isaiah Wall in Ralph Bunche Park, across from the U.N. where AFSI (Americans For a Safe Israel) protested “Palestinian President” Mahmoud Abbas’ Address to U.N. Security Council.
“On First Avenue, across from the United Nations in New York City, sits a small park, less than a quarter of an acre, named for Ralph Bunche, the first African-American recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize […] also home to the famous “Isaiah Wall” … which many people naturally associate with the United Nations and its peacekeeping.”( it’s not)
“Carved into granite, is the old prophesy of an obscure Hebrew itinerant, predicting a day that seems as far away now as it did then in ancient Mesopotamia– a day when “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, and neither shall we learn war any longer.”
Abbas and the lies of Yasser Arafat continue to thrive in the halls of the U.N. while thousands of years of Jewish history are IGNORED. DENIED.
[WaPo] “During a rare address to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, February 20th, “Palestinian” President Mahmoud Abbas called for an international Middle East peace conference to be convened by the middle of this year and slammed the Trump administration for its recognition last December of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.(Reuters)… this administration has not clarified its position,” Abbas said. “Is it a two-state solution, or one state” of permanent Israeli occupation?”
“Ambassador Haley addressed the absent Abbas (he left as soon as he had spoken) — Trump’s declaration in December that the United States considers Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital — ( she) told Abbas he can do nothing to reverse the U.S. position. Abbas should channel his anger into action toward a settlement and a better life for his people, Haley said.” [WaPo]
“Now in the 14th year of a four-year term, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been something of a riddle. His modest, gentlemanly demeanor was a welcome contrast to that of his thuggish predecessor, Yasser Arafat […] Underneath it all, Abbas is a two-faced, feckless leader who harbors a classic, anti-Semitic view of Jews and world history.” Abbas proves to be nothing more than a two-faced anti-Semite [Michael Goodwin: NY Post]
[JPost] “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahusummed it up nicely: Abbas “has torn off the mask and shown to the public the simple truth: . . . The root of the conflict between us and the “Palestinians” is their steadfast refusal to recognize the Jewish state in any borders whatsoever.”
“Abbas will deliver his statement in New York only weeks after US Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, delivered a scathing rebuke of the Fatah (formerly the PLO) chairman’s “lack of leadership.”[JPost]
“This is a great moment for the citizens of Israel, and this is an historic moment for the state of Israel,” Mr. Netanyahu said. (American officials also said on Friday that Sheldon G. Adelson, an American known for his hawkish support of Israel, had offered to help pay for the new embassy building.)”
“…the “Palestinians” .... for them, May 14 is the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba”, or “catastrophe,” when hundreds of thousands of “Palestinians” were expelled or fled their homes amid the hostilities surrounding Israel’s establishment ... this year’s anniversary could also fall on the eve of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting … Days later, “Palestinians” are likely to flock for Friday Prayer to the “Al Aqsa Mosque” [aka THE TEMPLE MOUNT], which has often been a flash point in the conflict between Israelis and “Palestinians”...” [NY Times]
“Rarely has there been such clarity that Israel has no partner for peace. As such, the possibility of more terrorist violence cannot be minimized. Just yesterday, Israeli authorities removed a cellphone bomb from Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus in the West Bank. It was detonated by security forces not long before 1,000 Jewish worshippers were scheduled to come to the spot considered to be the burial site of the biblical patriarch.” [Michael Goodwin: NY Post]
“Music is intended to transcend political barriers and promote cultural exchange, pluralism, and diversity. Instead, Roger Waters is promoting hate. The Jewish Defense League will continue to take actions against Roger Waters until he renounces antisemitism in all of its forms, including the unjust boycott of the Jewish state.” [Face Book]
Roger Waters has been a vocal advocate for BDS and anti-Israel rhetoric making it imperative that organizations like the JDL and AFSI hit the streets in opposition to his anti-Israel, anti Jewish animus.
Still, many of the passersby outside the Belasco had never heard about the anti- Jewish, anti-Israel agit-prop supported by Waters (and Moore).
Many, like this woman, were sorry they had tickets for the Barclay Center.
Roger Waters may be a giant to some, but this is one despicable human being coming to Brooklyn’s Barclay Center on September 11th and 12th.
And then came RAMADAN 2016 (June 5th to July 5) On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (the day before the “Shame on Cuomo” protest) Jihadis MURDERED innocent people sitting in a restaurant in Tel Aviv. In celebration, Muslims shared candies, laughing, smiling, cheering for this ‘successful’ act of terrorism.
Hamas has praised the attack … Fireworks were set off in Gaza and Hebron in celebration of the attack.
Some Palestinian citizens in East Jerusalem and Tulkarm started to celebrate the event by handing out candies … Jpost reported that Salma al-Jamal, a Palestinian news anchor working at Al-Jazeera TV, wrote on Twitter: “The Ramadan operation is the best answer to stories about ‘peace process’ that some people are trying in vain to revive.”
On Thursday, June 9, 2016. The “Shame on Governor Cuomo“ protest gathered outside the NY Governor’s Manhattan office building. Soc/Commie/Progs, many anti-Israel Jews, were angry.
Very angry that the Governor had signed an executive order against the BDS movement.
Jewish Voice for Peace, a social justice group that co-organized the protest, blasted Cuomo’s executive order as an unconstitutional “attempt to repress the growing movement for Palestinian rights.”
“I am signing an Executive Order that says very clearly we are against the BDS movement,” Cuomo tweeted on Sunday.
About the BDS bill: “Gov. Cuomo’s executive order – the first of its kind signed by a governor – demands that a list of businesses supporting BDS directly or indirectly be drawn up over the next six months.”
“In New York, we lead by example. We are also a place of action. We want to take immediate action because we want Israel to know that we are on their side,” the governor said …
[…] A wave of anti-BDS legislation has been introduced, and in some cases passed, in Congress and in state legislatures across the country, including South Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Indiana, and Virginia.”
“This order sends the message that this state will do everything in its power to end this hateful, intolerant campaign. New York and Israel share an unbreakable bond and I pray that the Israeli and Palestinian people will find a way to live side by side and find peace, prosperity, and security,” he said.
Next, videos and slideshows. A look at the “Shame On Cuomo” protestors and the stalwart opposition.
A confident pro-Israel counter-protest,comprised of AFSI (Americans For A Safe Israel) and JCC Watch members, were a very vivid presence.
[scroll through a 4 page PDF handout from anti-BDS counter-protest,” How Progressive are We When we are Supporting Or Promoting Hatred of Jews?“]
The “Thank You Gov Cuomo” counter-protest infiltrated the sidewalk maize of Lefties, their THANK YOU Governor signs held high over the crowd.
They walked within the gridlocked Commie-circle of bodies that was thickest at the entrance to the office building (of course).
The Commies pretended to co-operate with the police who worked valiantly to keep them moving.
But, the well-rehearsed sidewalk blockage (“somehow”) did not get loosened …. while the drum, drum, drummer kept on drumming along.
Two Flickr Slideshows : The anti-Israel/PRO-BDS protestors
The counter-protest in support of Cuomo’s anti-BDS executive order.
RAMADAN 2016 [June 5-July 5] there have (already) … been Jihad murders… There will be many more …. as many Muslims [observing Ramadan] worldwide read the entire Qur’an … [it is a FACT that]
Jihad groups routinely and unanimously couch their appeals and justifications in Qur’anic terms.
March 24, 2016. Opposite the United Nations. AFSI (Americans for a Safe Israel)once again held a reading of the Megillah. The familiar Pinocchio balloon, present at so many AFSI rallies and protests, was on call.
But, sadly, ol pinnoch’ seemed to have sprung-a-leak.No mind. All went off as planned with groggers and masks
And Larry Domnitch reading the Megillah.
The purpose of the protest this year, in 2016, was “to celebrate the Jewish victory over the evil Haman and to expose today’s Hamans, many who are housed in the UN, or resort to the UN to support their evil plans,” explained AFSI’s executive director, Helen Freedman. Helen referred to the UN as “the United Abominable Nations.
VIDEO of the Megillah reading:
[There is a slight break in the reading. apologies. For the whole AFSI Megillah reading (from 2011) go HERE.]
There were many fine speeches after the reading that focused on the theme to “UNMASK the HAMANS“. Next are some excerpts from the speakers:
“The UN is enablers [for so many Hamans] who call for the destruction of Israel. We’re going to stand-up today and read the Megillah, with prayer and hope that by NEXT Purim the world will look to Israel and realize that Israel is a truly an alliance of faith.”
Helen Freedman, “… To Keep Iran from promoting their program… Everything is a deception. Today we have to worry about a Nuclear bomb. To worry about Iran. Who do we blame. Unfortunately we can see what Obama has done. We have a failed government that has allowed the genocide of Christians throughout the Middle East and Africa. Simon Deng is here with us today. (from Sudan) He has his own story of torture and deprivation. Going on for years. Nothing has changed. It only gets worse. Syria and Iraq. ALL part of what the Haman is. America is the strongest country in the whole world and we have let the world down. This President won’t even name Islamic Terrorism … It’s a scourge. A sickness. A cancer. Torture. Evil. We have an opportunity, an election, to get the people in to office who will do what’s best for America. What’s best for the Sudan. Israel. Our allies. NOT for our enemies. We each have the opportunity to influence other people…like Esther. Action is what it’s all about. “
Jonathan Grauman, “It’s a wonderful mitzvah that we are all gathered here to hear the Megillah in front of this nefarious anti-Israel institution, the United Nations. By being here, we are sending a message to all the Israel-haters, and Jew-haters, that we will no longer remain silent in light of what transpires behind those walls across the street. Four mitvot, to hear Megillah, to give charity (to those less fortunate), gifts of food to fellow Jews/exchange gifts, gather around the table for food. Custom giving half a schekel, equalizes everybody. The unity of the Jewish Nation. We’re all in this together. No one is better than anybody else. In eyes of G-d we are ALL equal. Sends a powerful message of unity. Helps us commit to our Judaism. Sends a message to those Israel-haters across the street ( and around the world) that we Jews do stick together. We are united with our brothers and friends, we cannot be beaten. So, today, Israel and the Western world in general, all facing unprecedented threats from Islam. No question about it. Not just radical Islam, but basically ISLAM. And standing here in unity, reading and hearing the Megillah, it sends a message that we are UNIFIED and that we are STRONG. And just like in the days of Mordecai and Esther, we shall confront the threats that are facing us and we shall prevail. We shall win.”
Ken Abramowitz, President American Friends of Likud, is on a crusade to save Western Civilization (SavetheWest.com) The Amalekites show up every generation. (Haman and the Amalekites were 2400 years ago.) Who are the Amalekites today? There are FOUR (not just one) and they are not only enemies of the Jews, they are the enemies of the Christians. We are both now fighting for our collective lives. [he color codes his Haman/Amalekites of today)
1. RED – Socialists. Communists.The eliminate G-d and the Government becomes god. 2. BLUE – The United Nations (The enemy of Western Civilization. It doesn’t represent ANY of our values) Taken over by dictatorships and terror organizations. It’s time to close the United Nations in order to save the world. 3. WHITE – Represents the Surrender Flag. Americans who think we have oceans that will protect us from the bad guys. 4. GREEN-Four world wide-terror organizations have promised to take-over Western Civilization. They say, Christians, Jews and Hindus will convert (revert) to ISLAM (or we will kill them).
IRAN. Al Qaeda. causing havoc in Europe. [Unfortunately, as he stated ” any attack on any Christian, Jew or Hindu is an attack on all us”, a woman pressed him to qualify ‘political” Islam – not Islam – He attempts to correlate the Mafia, Italians and Catholics so as to separate Islam from “political” Islam] Muslim Brotherhood and finally, Saudi Arabia. These are the enemies of all of us. Instead of just Jews they are threatening Christians, Hindus and Muslims. We need to unite to save Civilization from the Barbarians.
Glenn Richter, “Spoke of the power of each individual. He mentions the Isaiah Peace Wall. Isaiah was one person against pretty much anybody else in his time, 2500 years ago; railing against corruption in biblical Israel. ( speaking of others) He mentions Ralph Bunche (the obelisk in this location was named in honor him). The Shcharansky Steps used to have a sign for Sakharov Way (examples of the power of the individual) remembering the Shoah. Individuals were able to turn-the-tide. Who fought and fought and fought. How many genocides are perpetrated today and what the individuals can do today to stop these atrocities. Year after year. Decade after decade. Each individual is very important.”
Robert Sidi(Israel Advocacy Calendar) was followed by Charlie Bernhaut
Bernhaut , “Encouraged, reinforced the power of the individual. The power of one person. You have to try. You never who’s listening.“
“The power of one person: Esther. She was afraid to go to the king, like so many people, who are afraid to speak up. But, Esther was warned that her silence did not mean that she would be safe. She or her family. (Likewise) each one of us should never assume that we have enough power or position, or that we are safe. We ALL need to speak out. But, regardless, we should all know that the Jewish people are going to be fine. We have help. Not there pointing to the UN) but up there (pointing up). We now are living in a golden age of Judaism. It is our responsibility to build on that and to treasure it and to keep it going…ad infinitum…”
Video PLAYLIST (includes the reading)
There was a surprise guest, Simon Deng, who had been at the Isaiah Wall, preceding the Megillah reading (handing out a flyer and a 4 page press release)
To reiterate: The purpose of the protest this year, in 2016, was “to celebrate the Jewish victory over the evil Haman and to expose today’s Hamans, many who are housed in the UN, or resort to the UN to support their evil plans,” explained AFSI’s executive director, Helen Freedman.
“We each have the opportunity to influence other people…like Esther. Action is what it’s all about. ”
NYC – September 1, 2015. RALLY AND PRESS CONFERENCE AGAINST A NUCLEAR IRAN
On this day, 7,000 people gathered outside two sitting Senators’ offices, a landmark political event, where a group of bi-partisan political leaders, brave American veterans and victims of Iranian terror gathered to deliver their message to her personally:
“Senator Gillibrand: Don’t Surrender America, Join Senator Chuck Schumer to Oppose this Bad Deal. We need a BETTER deal!”
(AFSI ) “The Stop Iran Now”Rally in front of Senator Schumer & Gillibrand’s offices went off without a hitch. An evening filled with inspirational speakers, “Hope was in the air as speaker after speaker highlighted the dangers of the deal, yet cautioned against defeatism. “
Kudos to the ZOA and others who helped organize and run the event.”
Link to complete audio with pictures
Introductory remarks- Jeffrey Wiesenfeld – Master of Ceremonies at 1:17
Intro of Ken Stethem at 2:41 . Stethem, a former US Navy SEAL whose brother Robert Stethemwas murdered by Hezbollah, begins speaking at 3:40
Wiesenfeld continues with, “Why we’re here ” at 12:36
Wiesenfeld intros Robert Bartlett at 14:24 . Robert Bartlett, a US Army Staff Sergeant Retired gravely injured by an Iranian bomb, begins speaking at 15:15
Wiesenfeld at 19:24 refers to the Gay Pride Flag and the murder of Gays in Iran.
Wiesenfeld then introsDaniel Miller at 20:33 . Daniel Miller, a victim of an Iranian financed terror-attack by Hamas, begins speaking at 21:14
Wiesenfeld introsMichael Gallagher and David Webb at 26:13
Michael Gallagher, Radio Host from 970 AM The Answer, begins speaking at 26:42
David Webb, Radio Host Sirius XM Patriot Ch 25, begins speaking at 31:44
Wiesenfeld intros the Key Note Speakers: Senators Lieberman and Lindsey Graham at 36:09
SenatorGraham, a Third-Term Republican Senator (NC), Former Congressman, Retired Air Force Reserve Colonel, speaks at 36:54
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Chairman of United Against Nuclear Iran, Former Democratic and Independent Senator (Conn) serving from 1989 to 2013, begins to speak at 41:40
Remarks from Wiesenfeld at 49:14
Then Wiesenfeld intros James Woolsey at49:45.
Woolsey, former Director of the CIA under Dem. and Rep. presidents and Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, speaks at 50:19
Wiesenfeld gives another scathing criticism of Congressman Jerry Nadler‘s betrayal of his constituents at 55:10
Wiesenfeld then mentions State Senator Jesse Hamilton at 55:25 . Though he was scheduled to speak at the rally, Hamilton became a No-Show because of the “rev” Al Sharpton’s thuggery.
Continuing with the speakers:
Rob Astorino,Westchester County Executive, speaks at 55:56
At 59:29 Wiesenfeld reminds us that in 2009, as the Iranian regime was collapsing, we HELPED that regime to survive.
He then introduces Michael Ledeen, an Historian and expert on Iran’s failed 2009 Green Revolution. He speaks at 59:32.
Wiesenfeld intros Sami Steigmann at1:02.
Steigmann, a child survivor of experiments, abuse and torture at the hands of Nazi doctors at labor camp in Mogilev Podolski, Ukraine, during World War II. Steigmann begins to speak at 1:03
At 1:08:14 Richard Allen, co-organizer of the rally speaks and then introsKevin McCullough, radio host from WMCA and 970 The Answer, at 1:08:42
McCullough begins speaking at 1:09:33
Wiesenfeld introsDove Hikind, (D) NY State Assemblyman at 1:15:10.
Hikind begins speaking at 1:15:24.
Assemblyman Hikind, pointing to a truck (that for two hours went round and round the block) said ,“There is a sign… saying that the Ayatollahs send their thanks to the US. Well, they have a lot to be thankful for. They are getting a cash windfall that they never thought possible because of this outrageous deal and the ability to have a faster breakout time on a nuclear weapon.”
More from Wiesenfeld on Congressman Jerry Nadler at 1:22:19. Then he also shows us a NY Times ad, a letter signed by 214 military generals etc opposing the Iran Deal.
Wiesenfeld intros Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdaleat 1:24:23
Rabbi Weissbegins speaking at 1:24:52
Weisenfeld intros Rebecca Yousefzadeh Sassouni, an Iranian-American lawyer and activist whose family was forced to flee Iran, at 1:31:37.She begins speaking at 1:32:28.
Weisenfeld intros Frank Gaffney of The Center For Security Policy at 1:40:32
Gaffney begins speaking at 1:41:21.
Gaffneyintros his CSP Associate, Fred Fleitz at 1:49:36.
Fleitz, 25 year career with the CIA, DIA, and the House Intelligence Committee staff, Chief of Staff to John Bolton when he was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, senior vice president for policy and programs at the Center for Security Policy, begins speaking at 1:49:54
Brief closing remarks from Jeffrey Wiesenfeld at 1:53:56 END audio at 1:55:36
“Today,(Wednesday, September 3) we read that Obama got the votes; 34 was his magic number and he reached it. A short while ago we heard that even ‘friend of Israel’, Hakeem Jeffries, who was originally leaning against the deal, will support it and not vote to override.”
1. An end to the farce being perpetrated against the American people with a pending deal which will endanger America and our allies.
2. A restoration of the ORIGINAL demands – NO nuclear military capability, NO centrifuges and authority for any and all unannounced inspections of all known and any future facilities discovered.
3. Providing an understanding that a failure to STOP IRAN NOW will necessitate a military response later.
The nation opposes the US Surrender Plan to Iran. Our Senators and Congress members must hear us!
“Retired Senator Joe Liebermanstated that even if Obama got the votes to override a Senate veto, the battle would not be lost and we should certainly stay true to the cause… a lot can happen between now and the vote in Congress, so we should continue opposing the deal and certainly not give up… even if Obama got the votes to override a Senate veto, the battle would not be lost and we should certainly stay true to the cause.”