Pro israel demonstration.
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The United Kingdom city of Manchester will hold a pro-Israel rally Sunday with over 2,000 supporters expected to attend, The Jewish Chronicle reported Saturday.
Organized by North West Friends of Israel (NWFOI), the group will hold the "Say No to Terror: Say Yes to Peace" rally at 2:00 pm at the Palace Theater in south Manchester.
Leader of the NWFOI, Anthony Dennison, said in a press statement released Friday that the rally “came through thick and fast” and added that political figures such as Conservative Friends of Israel chairman Sir Eric Pickles, Enfield North MP Joan Ryan, Board of Deputies Senior Vice-President Richard Verber, and Zionist Federation Chairman Paul Charney are expected to speak.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also expressed his support for the rally, along with British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Israeli embassy in London, The Chronicle
Originally called the “Say No To Terror: Stand With Israel,” the event was slated to take place on January 31 at the Sheridan Suite in north Manchester, but the venue pulled out at the last minute after “gross intimidation” from “the anti-Semitic boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement” pressured for its cancellation, according to NWFOI.