Rabbi Ben Packer of Heritage House in Jerusalem set up a stand on the streetcorner at 8am. When asked why so few of the 10,000+ conference attendees had come out to oppose the protestors, Rabbi Packer replied he was told that AIPAC would revoke conference access to anyone who did.
|Michael Aliff, a Christian, stands alone against oncoming anti-Israel marchers|
"It's time for this country to wake and realize Israel is our ally and our friend," Mr. Aliff said. "We don't break friendships. In Tennesee, that's what being a Tennessean and a "volunteer" is all about. Friendships- period. You don't turn your back on your friend. Israel is our friend and ally and I will always support her- always! I will say that those that are for them are greater than those who are against them."
A number of conferencees came out to engage the protestors in what was likely the first dialogue they've ever had with Jews, Christians, or anyone else with differing views on Israel-Arab relations and resolution of the conflict. Watch our original news chronicling.