Around 40 people, some of them American olim, gathered in front of the US
Embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday afternoon at a rally to show support for
The rally, initiated by the Im Tirzu organization, sought to
“show support for the American people after the attacks on US embassies in the
Middle East,” according to the invitation on the Facebook event for the
Im Tirzu members, clad in blue T-shirts emblazoned with a
drawing of Theodor Herzl, waved Israeli and American flags and held signs that
read “Israel: America’s best friend in the Middle East.”
They were also
joined by a few US citizens who have made aliya.
Ronen Shoval, the
founder of the organization, said, “We are here to support the American people,”
adding that the recent attacks against US embassies in the Arab world are
“attacks on freedom and liberty.”
“There is only one country in the
Middle East that is a true friend of the US, and that’s Israel,” Shoval repeated
“Americans should be proud of what they represent – the
free world,” he continued, to the sound of participants shouting, “Wake up USA!”
“We support the US based on our common values, not because of aid or money,”
said David Goldstein, an American who made aliya two years ago.
said he feels Americans need to be reminded of Israel’s
“Unfortunately many places in the world don’t like the US,
regardless of the administration, that’s because they are jealous of the US and
of Israel,” Goldstein added.
Ziv Manor, a member of Im Tirzu, addressed
the crowd, “In Arab countries, from the US embassies’ windows they see fire, the
fire of destruction.
Here they see another fire, the fire of love. Let’s
show them our friendship.”
Liraz Levy, an Israeli and Middle Eastern
affairs student at Ben-Gurion University, said that the recent displays of
violence against the US in the Arab world sadden her, and that, as a result she
feels that she needs to be here in Israel.
Adam Russo, a student from the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said he doesn’t usually travel all the way to
Tel Aviv but attended the rally to support “a great cause.”
the most amazing nation this planet has ever seen,” Russo said “It’s one of the
only nations that is based on an idea: liberty.”
“Every free person in
this world should consider themselves American,” he added.
were set upon across the Muslim world after an American posted a 14- minute
trailer for an anti-Islam film on YouTube. The film, Innocence of Muslims,
instigated rallies at Western embassies in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, India,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Indonesia, Yemen, Iraq and
One of the participants who also took the microphone spoke to,
“those who killed the US ambassador in Libya,” saying, “You did not kill freedom
of speech. It is here to stay!”