NEW YORK (May. 14)
Jewish students, lay leaders and rabbis have organized a demonstration of thousands of Jewish students and adults against the sale of American Warplanes to Arab countries as part of a “Mobilization for Israel” to be held in Washington on Wednesday, it was announced by David Mann, president of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, N. Y., who is the coordinator of the Mobilization.
More than 1000 New Yorkers will be traveling to the Mobilization via the “Israel Express, ” a special chartered train which will leave Penn Station for Washington at 7 a.m. on the day of the demonstration. They will be joined in Washington by chartered buses bringing demonstrators from as far as New England, the South and the Midwest, Mann said.
He stated: “Regardless of whether or not Congress approves the arms sale, there is no question that Israel has been betrayed by the President and the State Department. The Jewish community is sending a message to Washington that it will not let such betrayals go unrecognized, and is putting the President and Congressional leaders on notice that when election time comes, the memory of those betrayals will be strong.”
Following the Capitol program, the demonstrators will march to the White House. At the White House, the program will turn from encouraging Congressional support of Israel to registering the Jewish community’s anger at the President’s policies, Mann said. He indicated that the Mobilization has the support of the Stem College Student Council, the North American Jewish Students Network and the National Hillel.