Demonstration draws tens of thousands to the nation’s capital (includes video)

A pro-Israel rally took place in Washington, D.C. yesterday afternoon at the National Mall, where approximately 300,000 Jewish people and Israel supporters gathered from all over the country.

People were displaying the Israeli flag and chanting sentiments about the war.

There were also anti-Israel counter-protesters nearby.

The event, organized by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, included performances and speeches on a stage.

Tensions heightened outside the gates, with demonstrators carrying anti-Zionist signs and chanting anti-Israeli messages. This led to confrontations between them and other Jewish people.

“They pretty much are saying that we hate Israel,” David Edeltuch, a demonstrator, said. “We disagree with the concept of Israel being there as a secular state so much that we’re willing to sort of forget everything that Judaism stands for, which is for peace,” Edeltuch continued.


Paloma Pimentel is a senior at FIU majoring in Digital Journalism and Communications, with a background in sociological studies. She is passionate about writing environmental and social issues stories, and is on her path to becoming an investigative journalist.  Having traveled to 20 countries already, she seeks to know more about the world and write stories about it.