Is it at all possible -'by some stretch of the imagination', that any other political, ethnic, religious or 'fraternal' segment of American society could somehow be in similar such position? -I think not.
We are a single life-form, yet no other 'political,
ethnic, religious or fraternal segment of American society' fights against that
single life-form as strongly as Israel and American Jewish money, power and
June 6, 2010 Los Angeles Times
Israel supporters rally in L.A. after raid on Gaza-bound flotilla
Demonstrators show support for the Jewish state as it defends itself against an international outcry over the deadly raid.
By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Supporters of Israel rallied in front of the country's consulate in Los Angeles
on Sunday as the Jewish state continued to defend itself against an
international outcry over a deadly raid on a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla bound
for the Gaza Strip last week.
Aid groups say the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt has done little to weaken Hamas and has devastated Gaza's economy, leaving 80% of the territory's 1.5 million residents dependent on international aid. The Obama administration says it is working quietly to persuade Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to relax the policy.
A parade of local and state politicians dropped by Sunday's demonstration, which was organized by the Israeli Consulate, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and other community groups. They included Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner, Republican Senate contender Chuck DeVore, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D- Sherman Oaks), Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Council members Paul Koretz and Janice Hahn.
From the podium, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke by cellphone to Noam Shalit, father of Israeli
soldier Gilad Shalit, whose capture four years ago was part of what prompted
Israel's blockade. He is still being held by Hamas in Gaza.
"I'm a father of four children. I cannot even imagine in my wildest dreams that one of my children [should be] kidnapped and be held for all these years," Schwarzenegger said. "We all are concerned and we all love you and we want to pray for you and your son, that he gets released as quickly as possible."
Daniel Pereg, who was captured on YouTube carrying an Israeli flag at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Los Angeles last week, received loud applause from the crowd.
But a speech by David Pine of Americans for Peace Now, which has been critical of the Israeli government, was drowned out by boos and hisses. Organizers appealed to the crowd to allow him to speak.
Also making appearances were Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight and Judea Pearl, whose son, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, was kidnapped and killed in 2002 while investigating Al Qaeda activities in Pakistan. Several Christian groups also were represented at the rally.
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