January 5th, 2020, Jerusalem

Hundreds attend parallel rallies against anti-Semitism in Jerusalem and New York

The solidarity event in Israel, organized by The Jewish Agency, World Zionist Organization and Anti-Defamation League was held in support of U.S. Jews facing new wave of hate crimes

Hundreds of people came together in Jerusalem on January 5 to participate in a rally of solidarity with the No Hate. No Fear march in New York.

Taking place in The Jewish Agency’s courtyard, the event was in support of the U.S. march organized by UJA-Federation of New York, which comes in light of the recent wave of hate crimes against Jews in the New York area. The Jerusalem rally, held in parallel with the march in New York, was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, World Zionist Organization (WZO) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The Israeli solidarity event was initiated to send a clear message of support to U.S. Jews, particularly following the most recent attacks in Monsey and Jersey City. Sunday’s No Hate. No Fear march in New York began in Lower Manhattan before those gathered embarked on a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Thousands of New Yorkers of all backgrounds attended, along with hundreds of Jewish Agency Shlichim (emissaries) serving in U.S. communities, as well as a special ADL delegation.

Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Isaac Herzog: “Thousands are marching in New York, Jews and non-Jews alike, from a deep sense of both outrage and responsibility in the face of the horrific venom that has recently reared its head – hatred of Jews in the United States. Jews are no longer as safe on the streets of the US as they were over the past hundreds of years. We are here in Jerusalem standing together with them in solidarity declaring: No Fear! No hate!”

Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization, Yaakov Hagoel: “In times of crisis, we were used in the State of Israel to lovingly receive unrestricted support from Diaspora Jewry. Today, from the capital of the Jewish people, we stand here in solidarity with Diaspora Jewry as one people and say together: We are not afraid! We are here to inspire the world! We are here, at the same time as the rally that is taking place in the United States during these hours to say enough anti-Semitism, enough hate, enough fear. Our strength is in our unity – we stand together with Diaspora Jewry and with a clear and unified voice – we call for the end of anti-Semitism! Raise your head with Jewish pride! Hatred stops here!”

ADL Israel Director, Carole Nuriel: “In the rally today, we wish to demonstrate our solidarity with the Jewish community in New York amid the wave of anti-Semitic hate crimes which has recently intensified. We should be very clear: these crimes are against the Jewish community as a whole and today, we say to our brothers and sisters: we stand by you, proud and united, in our fight against hate and anti-Semitism.”

Jewish Federations of North America’s Israel Director General, Rebecca Caspi: “Anti-Semitic incidents are at all-time record highs and there have been multiple assaults on Jewish communities in the last 24 months. We must do more to meet the Jewish community’s growing needs—and we will.”

UJA-Federation of New York’s Executive Director of its Israel office, Uri Leventer-Roberts: “New York Jews have marched in the past to demand the freedom of Soviet Jews who were behind the Iron Curtain. Every year thousands of them march on Fifth Avenue to show their support for Israel. The wave of anti-Semitism has led them, for the first time, to march for themselves. As a representative of the New York community I am proud to see that in this moment – we, in Israel, are coming out to stand with them in a clear message of support and solidarity.”

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