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
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