Saturday, April 06, 2002

Rally to support Israel

By Michael D. Clark,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Local supporters of Israel are being called to rally publicly Sunday in Blue Ash to demonstrate support of the Jewish state.

        The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati purchased their first-ever full page ad in The Enquirer Friday announcing the rally at 3 p.m. Sunday at Blue Ash's Veteran Memorial Park.

        The unusual ad reflects the heightened awareness of many local Jewish Americans who believe Israel's existence is being threatened, said Elliot Karp, director of finance for the federation.

        The ad was paid for by private donors who are backing the rally, which will feature a number of speakers including Congressman Steve Chabot, Mr. Karp said.

        “We feel it is vitally important not just as American Jews but for the entire community to come together at this time for Israel,” he said. He added that it is also a time for “all Americans to express our optimism to President Bush and his strong stand for Israel.”

        But some local Arab Americans object to any public demonstration that appears to endorse Israel's incursion into Palestinian territory.

        Majed Dabdoub, president of the Cincinnati chapter of the Arab American Association, said, “If they want to have a rally in support of the Jewish people I don't have a problem with that, but I have a problem with supporting the state of Israel.”


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