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2005-01-15-Anti-Terrorism Rally~Berkeley, California 

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Rally at UC Berkeley Jan. 16
will protest global terrorism, Jan. 15, 2005

A coalition representing Jews and other religious groups will rally in Martin Luther King Jr. Park near the University of California Berkeley campus at 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, to protest global terrorism.

Organized by Holocaust survivor Suzanne Kalter DeWitt, a former German citizen who survived Dachau, the rally will include speeches by Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America;  Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Nonie Darwish of Arabs for Israel; Indian author and journalist Yatrindra Bhatnagar;  journalist David Bedein of Israel, Gen. Jim Hutchens of Christians for Israel,  the Rev. Rosemary Schindler, and former Berkeley mayor Shirley Dean.

Music will be provided by eleven Shakha Hindu Singers, Cantor Pam Sawyer and Achi Ben Shalom, according to a news release from the Zionist Organization of America.  The ZOA has arranged to have at the rally Jerusalem Bus #19, which was bombed by terrorists on Jan. 29, 2004.

In a companion release, the ZOA protested a plan announced Thursday  by United Nations. Secretary General Kofi Annan to register claims of damages allegedly caused by the construction of Israel's fence.

In a joint statement with Stephen Flatow, father of suicide bombing victim Alisa Flatow—a 20-year-old American who was killed while riding a bus in Jerusalem—the ZOA's Klein said the U.N. should have a registry for terrorist victims.  "The UN should not be focusing on inconveniences to Palestinian Arab farmers, or on travel delays and restrictions that may have arisen since the fence was constructed. These are inconsequential when compared to the loss of life.  There would be no fence in the first place if there were no suicide bombings and no terrorism."

Said Flatow: "What chutzpah of the UN to record and measure people's inconvenience, but not pay two seconds' attention to college kids such as Alisa who have been murdered in cold blood."Donald H. Harrison