Showing up for Israel: Letters to the Editor — Nov. 17, 2023

The Issue: The march supporting Israel’s counterattack against Hamas in Washington, DC, this week.

Roughly 300,000 people showed up to support one of the largest pro-Israel events in US history, and do you know what happened? Singing, dancing and praying (“United for Israel,” Nov. 15).

It was a beautiful sea of blue and white. Do you know why? Because the Jewish people believe life is precious, because we stand up for others and because we are supposed to be a light unto the nations.

On Tuesday, we really were.

Sylvia Burian


To stand amongst the teeming crowds in support of Jews, Judaism and the state of Israel was not merely a historic moment for the United States. It was a crucially important and historic Jewish moment.
When our children’s children ask: “Where were you when the Jewish people needed your voice in 2023, when the forces of evil were again raising their ugly heads?”

I will be able to respond: I was there — as my father was when he rallied for Soviet Jewry in the 1970s and ’80s, and as his father was when he was counted amongst the 400 rabbis who marched on Washington, DC, in 1943, pleading with President Franklin Roos­evelt to intercede and rescue Jews from the scourge of the Nazis. Silence was not and is not an option.

Judah Z. Cohen


As a member of the Jewish faith, I was proud to see the outpouring of support for Israel in Washington, DC, this Tuesday.

Around 300,000 people rallied to support for our Middle Eastern ally, the Jewish homeland. This powerful show of solidarity served to counter the pro-Pal­estinian demonstrations we have seen around the country.

We must never forget the savagery that was unleashed on Oct. 7. Nor can we put out of mind the plight of hundreds of hostages taken from their homes, some of whom are Americans.

Israel should protect innocent Gazans caught up in war, but the Israel Defense Forces must extinguish the organization that is dedicated to destroying their country.

We must bear in mind that the deaths, injuries and destruction raining down on Palestinians in Gaza were triggered not by Israel, but by Hamas.

Oren Spiegler

Peters Township, Pa.

The Democratic Socialists of America labeled the peaceful pro-Israel rally in Washington a “pro-genocide march” (“Fresh Toxic DSA Hate,” Editorial, Nov. 16).

Oh, really? I do not recall seeing any signs calling for the annihilation of the Palestinians at the rally.
Compare that to the pro-Palestine demonstrations, where we have seen signs with the same slogan: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” This saying is clearly a call for the annihilation of Israel.

In response to the DSA’s characterization of the march, I offer the following chant: “From the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, the Israel Defense Forces will make Hamas quiver.”

Barry Koppel

Kew Gardens Hills

I attended Tuesday’s rally in Washington. Supporting Israel was just the tip of the iceberg.
In reality, those who attended were also standing up to the scourge of antisemitism that has infected too many in this country. Every speaker at the demonstration talked about on this.

As House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries said: “Never again.”

Martin Garfinkle

Staten Island

Israel’s supporters did not riot or desecrate the American flag. What we saw on Tuesday were thousands of Jewish and Christian Americans proudly waving American and Israeli flags. They were singing, dancing and calling for the release of the hostages kidnapped by Hamas. I am proud to be an American who stands strong with Israel.

Gerald Jacobs

Boca Raton, Fla.

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