From Israel to New York - Jews, Christians Protest Hamas Led Palestine UN Vote

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

New York --- September 20, 2011 .... Thousands of Jewish and Christian protesters are taking to the streets in Jerusalem and in New York to protest a UN vote on the creation of a Hamas led Palestine.

Just south of the UN, Rabbi Avi Weiss and 50 other demonstrators protested the PA's request to the UN for unilateral statehood. The protest was sponsored by AMCHA - Coalition for Jewish Concerns.

Six people were arrested and charged by NYPD with disorderly conduct and impeding traffic. In addition to Glenn Richter and Rabbi Avi Weiss from AMCHA, Helen Friedman (the Executive Director of AFSI Americans for a Safe Israel) and Cheryl Jacobs Lewin, (Chicago Chairperson of AFSI Americans for a Safe Israel) were arrested in order to demonstrate that they are not prepared to quietly allow the world to pressure Israel into suicidal concessions.

Rabbi Weiss told the Israel News Agency: "It cannot be that we acquiesce to uprooting Jews in order to allow for an Islamic terrorist state at our border. The events of the past several months illustrate that Israel stands alone as the only country in the region committed to guaranteeing human rights, protecting religious rights of all, human rights for women, children and valuing human life like no other country in the Middle East. We cannot allow the United Nations to be used as a forum to demonize Israel while turning a blind eye to the brutality running amuck in the region."

“Israel should not be forced to accept a two-state solution when that new state refuses to disassociate from Hamas and Iran, who make no pretense of their intention of destroying the Jewish State and no intention of accepting peace with Israel as a Jewish state. It is inconceivable that Jews be forced to leave their homes again with absolutely no realistic hope for peace. It is not hope, it is insanity.”

On Wednesday, September 21 from noon to 2 p.m. there will be a pro Israel protest outside the UN against Durban 3. Organizers suggest getting there at 11 a.m. due to large crowd anticipation. This rally will be sponsored by Eagles' Wings - Christian supporters of Israel with Israel speakers Knesset members Danny Danon, Ofir Akunis, Rinat Wilf (and others) at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th St. and First Ave. in New York.

On Thursday, September 22 from noon to 2 p.m., StandWithUs (Amcha and Israel Action Committee are partnering) against Durban 3 at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th St. and First Ave. in New York.

The Palestinian Authority PA will be requesting that the United Nations General Assembly and perhaps the Security Council to endorse a Palestinian state. Palestinians will march en masse inside and around Israel. And in New York, Israel's supporters will stand proud and strong as they say a resounding "no!" to a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, and protest the UN's unceasing drive to demonize and delegitimize Israel.

The issue is not a vote at the UN. The issue is that of an all out PR campaign of incitement and violence coordinated by Iran, Syria, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah which will transcend into a regional war in the Middle East.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, national president of Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns, stated: "Those who choose will step into the street as a moral act of conscience to block traffic to the UN. We will show the world that the UN's anti-Israel 'business as usual' cannot continue. When the police order those in the street to step aside, those who choose to remain on First Avenue will be subjected to peaceful arrest. We urge all who are concerned about the security of our bothers and sisters in Israel to join us."

Weiss added: "In every generation there have been those who have risen up to overcome us. We and people of goodwill will prevail. We are here to tell the UN that if in fact they support a unilateral declaration of independence for the Palestinians which leads to anti-Israel violence, the UN will have inspired that violence, and blood will be dripping from their hands."

The September 20th action is coordinated by Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns, with other groups to be listed. For information, call Amcha-CJC at 718-796-4730 or e-mail

PA President Mahmoud Abbas stated that the Palestinian Authority would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

A UN vote for Palestinian statehood would be an egregious insult to the pursuit of peace and to the universal values of human rights. Washington should adopt the strongest position possible. The US administration should cut off the annual $470 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians if they pursue a statehood vote. Congress should pass a bill proposed by Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to reduce US funding of the UN if the General Assembly gives Palestine an enhanced status.

The issue is not a vote at the UN. The issue is that of an all out PR campaign of incitement and violence coordinated by Iran, Syria, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah which will transcend into a regional war in the Middle East.

The Israel Defense Forces are preparing for mass riots as the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command prepares bomb shelters for it's citizens.

Mark Regev, spokesman for the Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, criticized the Palestinian effort last Friday, calling it a violation of the Oslo Accords, the 1993 agreement between Israel and the PLO.

"The Palestinians made a commitment to Israel and the world, to resolve all outstanding issues through negotiations. The Palestinians are violating their signed commitments."

Regev also threatened the PA, saying that if they proceed with their UN action either with the General Assembly or the Security Council, "Israel will reserve the right to respond in kind". Several Israel lawmakers have suggested responding by annulling the accords or by annexing all or part of the entire West Bank. The West Bank, which never belonged to any entity known as Palestine, belonged to Jordan before the 1967 war.

Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute in Riverdale was among protesters who briefly shut down
First Avenue to protest the move by the Palestinian Authority to seek statehood. Photo: Bob Hennelly/WNYC

While many protest a UN vote for a Palestine that has openly stated that it would not allow Jews inside their country, a state of Apartheid, Americans are also out in the streets protesting the arrival of Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The New York based advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran, is protesting outside the Warwick Hotel in Manhattan where Ahmadinejad is staying.

"Ahmadinejad is the leader of a criminal regime allied with al-Qaeda and other terrorists, and guilty of atrocious human rights violations," the group said in a statement. "Would the Warwick be willing to accommodate Osama bin Laden's successor Ayman al-Zawahiri were he to visit Manhattan?"

What will it take for Rabbis in the US, Europe and Canada to connect these dots. To transcend online petitions on the Internet and warn the Jewish communities of Europe and North America of a very real and very lethal war that Israel now faces. That the situation in Israel has never been more grave. That every Jewish child in North America and Europe will feel the fallout as anti-semitism reaches new highs.

A Facebook group, Vote NO to a Hamas led UN Palestine Terror State, has been established.

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