May 23, 2005 Chabad Demonstration At Baruch College

Organized By Lubavitch In New York

New York Post


May 24, 2005
By Uri Dan

On the same day that protesters mobbed First Lady Laura Bush in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was heckled in New York yesterday. "Jews don't expel Jews," one protester shouted as Sharon defended his Gaza disengagement plan at Baruch College. "Shame on you!" cried another. The protesters wore orange T-shirts, the color adopted by Gaza settlers who oppose the prime minister's plan to remove them in August. Sharon continued to speak, but the interruptions grew louder and he had to pause as security guards hustled the hecklers out of the auditorium.

"Usually, I handle these things myself," the prime minister quipped. Once the hecklers were gone, Sharon received a warm welcome from the crowd of more than a thousand, which interrupted his address with applause several times.

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May 24, 2005
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May 24, 2005
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"According to Jewish law, it is forbidden to give away this land," said Rabbi Yosef Aronov, Israeli leader of the Chabad movement, which follows a spiritual leader in Brooklyn, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
Says Aronov: "This is our land" "This is our land and our homeland,"

(The Baltimore Sun Sept 8, 1993)

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"Give Sharon The Welcome He Deserves"

This was the theme of the protest rally. To speak for those in Israel who would be jailed and harrassed by the Israeli legal system for speaking out against the dreaded "land for peace" process. As Mr. Sharon remarked after being booed while speaking: "In Israel I would take care of these things myself".

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New York Sun


May 23, 2005
By Meghan Clyne Staff Reporter of the Sun


FIRST LADY BESIEGED AT WESTERN WALL
Sharon, in City, Breasts Protesters

Hundreds of Jewish protesters poured into the intersection of 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue yesterday and young chassidim danced in the streets hollering "Death to Sharon' as the Israeli prime minister kicked off his American tour with a speech at Baruch College in Manhattan, defending his decision to withdraw Jewish citizens from Gaza as part of the "road map" to peace with the Palestinians.

Inside the auditorium where Prime Minister Sharon delivered his prepared remarks, emotions likewise ran high. Despite tight security at the event - sponsored by leaders of New York's major Jewish organizations - hecklers and protesters interrupted the prime minister's address prompting scuffles and shouting matches at one point forcing Mr. Sharon to halt his speech.
The prime minister's plan to withdraw jewish settlers from the Palestinian controlled territories of Gaza and the West Bank enjoys the support of a majority of Israelis. polls have indicated. lt was also warmly endorsed yesterday by luminaries of New York's Jewish community, ranging from leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Je'wish Organizations, James Tisch and Malcolm Hoenlin, to a trustee of the City University of New York Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, and the publisher of the New York Daily News, Mortimer Zuckerman.

The protesters were produced by a coordinated effort of the Coalition of Americans to Save Gush Katif/Gaza, said the protesters said after the event. Ten members of the coalition, composed of a dozen Jewish organizations in the Northeast, gained legitimate entree to the event by virtue of their membership in groups under the Council of Presidents' umbrella, the protesters said. All 10 took part in the disruptions and were escorted from the auditorium. While the police took the protesters' names as a matter of procedure, one demonstrator told us that none were arrested. Asked why he interrupted the prime minister; one of the protesters said that even though Mr. Sharon had surrounded himself "with 1,100 sycophants to applaud him," it was important that Mr. Sharon be informed during his speech of the opposition to his plan, and that the so-called "Jewish leaders" who effusively extended their support to the withdrawal not be allowed to speak for all American Jewry.

"These Jews are selling their own people down the river," another heckler said after the event.

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New York Newsday


Sharon speech sparks protest


Visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was heckled during a speech to Jewish leaders yesterday, and as many as 1,500 demonstrators staged a noisy street protest outside against the Gaza disengagement plan he was defending. As Sharon spoke, several protesters scattered throughout the crowd at Baruch College in Manhattan stood up, one shouting, "Jews don't expel Jews." Sharon continued to speak, but the interruption grew louder, and the prime minister had to pause as protesters were escorted out.












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Yediot Achronot


The Prime Minister Remarks To Program Organizers:

"The Protesters Are Waiting For Us"


Most of them were Charedim.
Most were Chassidei Chabad.

Amongst the protesters yesterday, very few were wearing a "kippah srugah" (knitted kippa). Most all of the demonstrators were American Jews.

A number were there from the group: "Moshiach Akshav" and some were from the group: "Kahana". Most of the protesters were wearing black suits and their wives were dressed up to the throat.

Signs varied. One unique sign said: "Sharon! Hitler is envious of you!" (in Hebrew!) Another sign read: "The Jews were exiled from Spain in 1492; From Germany in 1939; From Israel in 2005".

Noone challenged or fought with the protesters.
There was noone there to take their signs down. "Israel is not a Democracy" said Dr. Daniel Korman who came to the protest with his son. "Here it is not like Israel where protesters will be beaten." Korman is an internal specialist. A member of a group "Mishmeret Yesha" and helps the settlers with donations of money.

On the bima explain Rabbis that according to Jewish Law (Halacha) and the Rabbi of Lubavitch, it is prohibited to give away Israel's land. The crowd answers with enthusiastic cheers and chants against Sharon: "You Should Be Ashamed!", they chant. Until it started to rain and the protesters scattered for home.












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New York Daily News



Israeli PM is heckled at talk on East Side


May 23, 2005

ISRAELI PRIME Minister Ariel Sharon got a rude welcome in Manhattan as he tried to sell his Gaza pullout plan to Jewish leaders at Baruch College yesterday.

Hecklers disrupted his speech several times, yelling, "Jews don't expel Jews," while outside some 1,000 people held a noisy rally on E. 23rd St.

"Usually I handle these things myself," Sharon quipped as security guards led.away one of the protesters, to the applause of the crowd. The Israeli prime minister was in New 'York to pitch his plan to remove all 21 Jewish settlements in Gaza and four from the West Bank.

"This plan will improve our security and offer a chance to start a political process with the Palestinians," he said. Most · applauded, but outside' was another matter. A crowd waving signs saying Jews have a right to all of Israel" and wearing orange in solidarity with the settlers yelled, "Shame, shame, shame" as Sharon entered.

"What have these Jews done to be thrown out?" yelled Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Jacobson of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

''Why are they being expelled? Why not expel the terrorists?"
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Hamodia



Massses Rally in Manhattan to Protest Disengagement Plan


May 23, 2005

As reported to HaModia Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrived yesterday at Baruch College to address the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and was met with fierce protests by masses of Jews opposed to his policies. The demonstrators stated that they were there to show Ariel Sharon that American Jews do not approve of his deportation plan. Crowds gathered at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 23rd Street wvith many people coming by buses in organized groups. They gathered on this cloudy day to voice their strong denunciation of the Disengagement Plan.

Numerous communIty leaders and activists jointed the protestors, including Rabbi Algaze. Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Jacobson, Rabbi Gershon Tennenbaum and Rabbi Steven Pruzansky. Also present were Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Morton A. Klein. Assemblyman Hikind addressed the chanting crowd: ""Anel Sharon is ready to throw Jews out of their homes . .. Ladies and Gentlemen, there is no peace process ... Ariel Sharon woke up one morning on the wrong side of the bed.... We are not giving up, because G-d runs the world. Rabbi Steven Pruzansky offered words of encouragement. "I'm proud to be here. because you all are the best of American Jewry. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is abandoning the people of Israel instead of protecting them. Ariel Sharon, you know better. If you 're afraid step aside and let the strong lead. Let the G-d-fearing Jews lead our nation. If you are weak, let the strong prevail." The emotion of the crowd rose with his speech, who heard his words. A group of children were welcomed to the podium to recite the Shema Yisrael and other pesukim. Other speakers included a resident of Neve Dekalim in Gush Katif representing the communities of Gaza, Yehuda and Shomron.

"We are ready with thousands and tens of thousands to stop this madness .. . do not hesitate to come and show your protest ... Bring your families~ You do make a ditkrence!" "The more Israel retreats and gives, then the more terror will come out of this. It will not make the Arabs more peaceful. Why should it? It will stregnthen their belief that terrorism defeats Israel. ·· Rabbi Jacobson proclaimed: The speeches concluded with demands that the Israeli prime minister reconsider his policy and with prayers for the Final Redemrtion speedily in our days.












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Jewish Press



Cheers, Jeers Greet Sharon In NY


May 27, 2005

Ariel Sharon, in Manhattan this week to address American Jewish organizations, met with both support and vehement opposition during his appearance at Baruch College, wh""" he spoke to some 1,000 Jewish leaders and activists on Sunday. Outside, protesters sporting the color orange gathered to express opposition to the prime minister's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Banle Many chanted "Not one inch" and "Shame on you.'" Inside, Sharon avoided the problems with the plan saying instead: ''The future of the Jewish people depends also on Israel's character as a Jewish and democratic state. In this spirit we initiated the disengagement plan,"he said. "This plan ,vill improve our security and offer a chance to start a political process with the Palestinians. It will guarantee a Jewish majority in the State ofIsrael. It is thanks to this plan that we can make certain that important parts of the cradle of the Jewish heritage will remain part ofIsrael forever."

As Sharon spoke these words, several members of the audience took off outer shirts to reveal orange Tshirts beneath, calling out, "Jews don't expel other Jews!" They were escorted out by security personnel. Sharon, smiling, said, "Thank you so much for your help; usually I handle these things myself."

Among the mostly Orthodox protesters outside were Knesset Member Benny Elon and New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Speaker included Hikind, Rabbi David Algaze of Forest Hills, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky. of Teaneck, Rabbi Heshy Reichman and Rabbi Moshe Tendler of YU, Rabbi Neil Winkler of Fort Lee, Rabbis Ari Raskin and Yosef Jacobson of Crown Heights. Repreentatives from Gush Katjf and the Shomron also addressed the crowd.

Sharon also stressed the strength of tbe Jewish people, exemplified in the state of Israel. "I am willing to make painful compromises for peace,'" he said. However, "there is one thing on which we will not make any compromises not now and not in the future and that is our security." But many Jews think Sharon's plan will undo Israel's strength. The protesters, organized by groups that included Americans for a Safe Israel and the Zionist Organization of America, rallied in the rain Sunday against Sharon. People came out "to send a message to Sharon and more importantly to the Jews of Gush Katifto tell them you're not alone, and Jews around the world are fighting with you in your fight," said Gil Margulis, one of the protest's organizers.












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N.Y. Protest Against PM Sharon Expulsion Plan Draws 3,000


By Helen Friedman - Director of AFSI


May 27, 2005

The threat of rain did not discourage 3000 protesters from allover the United States, but primarily from New York, to assemble on 23rd Street off Lexington Ave. on Sunday, May 22, 2005, to protest PM Sharon's plans to expel close to 10,000 Jews from Gush KatiflGaza and northern Samaria. As the crowd gathered, wearing their orange T·shirts declaring Let My People Stay and Gush Katif Forever, carrying orange balloons, and brandishing orange Signs protesting the expulsion, it became clear that the small area the police has cordoned off would be insufficient. The thousands spilled onto 23rd Street, almost bnnging traffic to a halt. Helen Freedman Coordinator ofthe American Coalition to Save Gush Katiif, Gaza and N. Shomron, and Executive Director of Americans For a Safe Israel, AFSI, acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the Protest Prayer Vigil. She sounded the recurring theme of the rally, that appeasement of terror in Gush Katif / Gaza, would only bring terror to all of Israel, to America. and eventually to the entire world, as Islamic fundamentalism gains strength from Israel's weakness. Amidst cries of Not One Inch, Let My People Stay, Let The PLO Go and Shame On You. An impressive roster of rabbis and visitors from Israel took turns at the microphone, As Mr. Sharon was addressing the Conference of Presidents, Rabbi David Algaze of Forest Hills, Queens, led off, denouncing the immoral and illegal expulsion plan. He stressed the other major theme of the protesters, The Land of Israel was Promised to the Jewish People by Hash-m, and no Man can take it Away. MK Rabbi Benny Elon, from the National Union Party in Israel, denounced Sharon's illogical and destructIve expulsion plan, explaining that Israelis all recognize that nothing can be gained from forcIbly removmg Jews from theIr homes, except to encourage terror. Elon challenged the Prime Minister to a debate on the subject. He was followed by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky ofTeaneck, NJ, who gave an impassioned speech against the "Sharon plan", (as he called it) and then distributed a special prayer for Gush Katif which he requested be inserted in our weekly prayers. Assemblyman Dov Hikind, gave a rousing talk about the need to travel to Gush Katif; as he is doing shortly, WIth a group of100 supporters. He also led the crowd in a sustained chant of Shame on You! as the Sharon cars came into view, bringing the Prime Minister to his meeting at Baruch College. Rabbi Heshy Reichman .0fWashIngton HeIghts, Rabbi Moshe Tendler of Monsey, Rabbi Raskin of Crown Heights,Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum of the Rabbinical Alliance, Rabbi Neil Winkler of Fort Lee, NJ, and RabbI Yosef Yitzchok Jacobson of Crown Heights, all gave stirring talks citing the various reasons that "disengag~ment" is bad for Israel, America and the world. The crowd was encouraged to call President Bush at 202·456·1111 to tell him that American boys in Iraq would be threatened by increased terrorism if terror should win in Israel. The message is: "America's war on terror is undermined by appeasement of terrorism in Israel." The Children of Crown Heights Chabad read prayers calling out to HaS/tent for help. Aliza Karp, a Crown Heights coordinator, guided them through the prayers, and remmded the audience that HaShem listens especially to the prayers of children. The rain arrived just as PM Sharon departed from his meeting. His audience filed out to the cries of, Shame on You! Our people, who had been inside the college, listening to Sharon waited for the opportunity to display their orange shirts, then joined us.












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