Latest update: November 16th, 2012
While there has been an outpouring of individual support, and a trickle of international support (from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany) for Israel’s self-defensive operation, “Amud Anon” or as it is called in English, Pillar of Defense, not everyone is supportive.
Many Jewish day school students in the U.S. and around the world today wore either red, or blue and white to show support for Israel. Still, there are those who are determined to cast Israel as the aggressor.
For example, at the University of California, Los Angeles, students are being urged to wear black, in solidarity with their “brethren” in Gaza. From 11:30 am – 1:00 pm PST, there will be an Emergency Rally for Gaza in Meyerhoff Park.
Wednesday evening, hundreds of Turks crowded into a square in Istanbul City to protest Israel’s military response to the hundreds of rockets fired at her citizens from Gaza. The chair of the Turkish “relief foundation,” IHH, Fehmi Bulent Yildirim, said that the Islamic world is in “extreme anger over the Israeli attack on Gaza” and praised Egypt for withdrawing its ambassador to Israel. Yildirim called on the Turkish government to throw out Israel’s Ambassador to Ankara.
There are some rallies of support being organized by pro-Israel groups. At least two are planned for today, in New York City, 5:00 pm ET today, Support Israel’s Right to defend her children! 42nd & 2nd Ave in front of the Israeli Consulate, and one was held this morning outside of TKTS, “Tehilim in the Square in Support of Israel! Duffy Square in New York, New York.
At the University of Florida, Gainesville, nearly 100 people showed up at noon today to sing HaTikva and show support. A rally is scheduled for tonight in Toronto, outside the Consulate, 180 Bloor Street, West, and one on Friday at noon, in Philadelphia, on the Southwest corner of 19th Street and JFK Boulevard. In a Philadelphia suburb tonight, the Modern Orthodox Lower Merion Synagogue invited the local Israeli Consul General to give them an update on the war, and congregants will be saying tehillim there, for klal Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael.
ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ARE ANTI-ISRAEL DEMONSTRATIONS PLANNED TO DEMONIZE ISRAEL. Cities and as much identifying information as is currently available is provided, as are times and, in many cases, links to the hosts.
THURSDAY, 15 November
Alexandria (Egypt) Qaid Ibrahim, 12:00 p.m. Amsterdam (Holland) Zuidelijke Wandelweg 41, 6:45 p.m. [link]
Ann Arbor (USA) Campus Diag, in front of Hatcher Graduate Library, 3:00 p.m. [link]
Austin (USA) I-35 and 12th Street (overpass), 2:00 p.m. [link] Atlanta (USA)
Israeli Consulate, 4 p.m. [link] Beirut (Lebanon)
Cola, 10:00 a.m. Belfast (Ireland) City Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Boston (USA) 4:30 p.m., Copley Square [link]
Bradford (UK) | 4.30 p.m. [link]
Brighton (UK) | Outside EcoStream HQ, 12:00 p.m. [twitter]
Brighton (UK) | Victoria Gardens, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Cairo (Egypt) | Omar Makram, 12:30 p.m.
Cairo (Egypt) | Arab League, 4:00 p.m.
Chicago (USA) | Outside Obama HQ, 130 E Randolph Street, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Cork (Ireland) | Daunt sq 6:00 p.m. [link]
Dublin (Ireland) | Israeli Embassy, 5:30 p.m.
Durham (UK) | Market sq, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Florence (Italy) | Piazza della Repubblica (flash mob), 6:00 p.m. [link]
George Mason University (USA) | The North Plaza, 1:30 p.m. [link]
Glasgow (Scotland) | Ahl al Bayt Centre, 6 p.m. [link]
Haifa | Karma House, 7:00 p.m. [link]
Jerusalem | Outside Hebrew University, 12:00 p.m. L’Aquila (Italy) | Fontana Luminosa, 6:30 p.m. [link]
Leeds (UK) | Parkinson Steps, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, 1:00 p.m. [link]
London (UK) | Israeli Embassy, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Los Angeles (USA) | UCLA, Meyerhoff Park, 11:30 a.m. [link]
Manchester (UK) | Piccadilly Gardens, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Memphis (USA) | Poplar and Highland, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Mexico City (Mexico) | Israeli Embassy, 4:00 p.m.
Montreal (Canada) | Hall Building, Concordia University, 5:00 p.m. Nashville (USA) | Centennial Park, 3:00 pm [link]
Nazareth | Kassarat Crossroad, 6:30 p.m. [link]
New York (USA) | Israeli Consulate, 42nd Street & 2nd Ave, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Nottingham (UK)| Nottingham Market Square, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Olympia (USA) | Red Square at Evergreen State College, 12:00 p.m. [link]
Ontario (Canada) | University of Windsor, CAW Student Centre, 12:00 p.m. Oxford (UK) | Cornmarket Street, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Paris (France) | Ministry of Justice, 6:00 p.m. [link]
Princeton (USA) | Princeton University, outside of Frist Campus Center, 12:30 p.m.
San Diego (USA) | US Federal Building, 880 Front Street, 4:30 p.m. [link]
San Francisco (USA) | Israeli Consulate, 5:15 p.m. [link]
Santiago (Chile) | Croatian Stadium (Vitacura 8049) to Israel Stadium, 8:00 p.m. [link]
Seattle (USA) | Henry Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Sydney (Australia) | Parmatta Town Hall, 6:00 p.m. [link]
Tel Aviv | Main Entrance, Tel Aviv University 11:30 a.m. [link]
Toronto (Canada) | Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street (E. of St. George TTC), 6:00 p.m.
Tunis (Tunisia) | In front of the National Theatre, 11:00 a.m.
Tunis (Tunisia) | Front of all Trade Association Buildings (Sa7et Mohamed Ali) 1:00 p.m.
Vancouver (Canada) | The Art Gallery, Hornby and Robson Streets, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Washington D.C. (USA) | March from State Department, 6:00 p.m. [link]
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.
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