Anti-pullout rallies set in Israel, US

Protestors to gather in J'lem, TA and Washington during Bush-Olmert summit.

disengage rally 298.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
disengage rally 298.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Right wing organizations in Israel and the United States were set to carry out coordinated rallies on Tuesday in protest of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's 'convergence' plan and ahead of his meeting with US President George Bush. The demonstrations were to take place at the US embassy in Tel Aviv and outside the American consulate in Jerusalem. The protestors will submit to the US ambassador to Israel a letter aimed at persuading members of Congress to prevent the dismantling of settlements. "It [Olmert's trip to the US] is a visit of a prime minister who is asking for your approval to expel the people of Israel from their historic homeland and we are certain that you will not let this happen," wrote the organizers of the rally. Meanwhile, some 200 Jewish and Christian organizations from throughout the US were due to gather on Washington's Capital Hill, to express their opposition to Olmert's plan. Zafrir Ronen from the Organization For a Greater Israel anticipated that the rallies would be hugely successful. "We are gathering outside the US consulate in Jerusalem and I am expecting hundreds of people to arrive. Our brothers don't view this as a demonstration but as a rally which we are using to speak directly to the American public," said Ronen.