At least 1,000 demonstrators protesting President Obama’s treatment of Israel gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate in Manhattan.
Sunday’s rally was organized by the Jewish Action Alliance and sponsored by 20 groups, Jewish and non-Jewish.
“We are outraged that President Obama is scapegoating Israel and wants to expel Jews from their homes in Jerusalem,” said Beth Gilinsky of the Jewish Action Alliance, according to WPIX TV in New York. “President Obama and Secretary [of State] Hillary Clinton show more anger about a Jewish family building a home in Jerusalem than Iran building a nuclear bomb. Vast segments of the Jewish community will not tolerate the president’s continuing attacks on Israel. Grass-roots Jewry will not be silent.”
In a taped message played for the protesters, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch slammed Obama for his treatment of Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.