Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Marchers lend support to war-ravaged Israel

By Steve Eder,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTGOMERY - Hundreds are expected to turn out Aug. 15 for a two-mile march in support of Israel. But organizers, who characterize the mood of the community as “solemn,” say this won't be your typical spirited rally.

        Every participant will wear a photo of a victim of a terrorist attack in Israel during the last two years as they walk. The march begins at 6:15 p.m. at Schoolhouse and Montgomery roads.

        “We are walking with Israel to show that we are in support of this country to exist, and we are in support of her need to defend herself against homicidal bombers,” said Barb Miller, the Israel Experience recruiter for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

        Last week, seven people, including five Americans, were killed after a bomb exploded in a cafeteria at Hebrew University. Sunday, more than a dozen others were killed in shootings and bombings in the troubled war zone. Israel retaliated Tuesday by killing two militiamen after demolishing homes.

        The march will include teens speaking about trips to Israel and a rabbi commenting about the Middle East. Other rallies by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati were held in the spring and last fall. Groups will be bused in from Columbus and Dayton for the march next week.

        “There are a lot of North American Jews that have not been to Israel, so this helps to sensitize them about the need for camaraderie and solidarity,” said Mark Kurtz, 54 of Evendale, who recently returned from Israel.

        The Associated Press contributed.



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