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For Immediate Release: Contact:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009  Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779

Statement for Interview with NY1
By NEQJCC Chairman Corey Bearak
(in advance of the Sunday, January 11, 2009 rally

I support Israel unequivocally, not as a Jew but as an American. 

No American, no freedom loving people would tolerate the attacks on our soil; those random attacks on civilian, not military targets like much of the 9-11 terror murders, must not be allowed by any entity that wants to join a community of nations. 

I speak out against double-standard too often applied to the Gaza conflict, if not for a more insidious bias against the Jewish state and Jewish people. I note the the lack of any all-night Security Council sessions held during the seven months when Hamas fired 3,000 rockets at half a million innocent civilians in southern Israel. And the many instances before that. 

Where were the International Red Cross during the seven months when tens of thousands of Israeli families could not sleep for fear of a rocket attack? 

We need (more) international leaders to acknowledge the 520 truck loads of humanitarian aid delivered through Israeli crossings since the beginning of the Israeli counterattack. 

And we need investigations by the international media, Non-Governmental Organization reports and special U.N. commissions on Hamas's terror policy of deliberately placing rocket launchers near schools, mosques and homes in order to use innocent Palestinians as human shields. 

Thus we rally in support of Israel and to educate those who need to get the message that support for Israel means fighting terror, fighting extremism, fighting the gangsterism that places innocent people in the line of fire, and most of all, standing for democracy, freedom and tolerance and peace. 

We hope to see many New Yorkers from all our neighborhoods and our communities on Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - Second Avenue and 42nd Street. 

We ask those attending the rallies to goers wear a red coat, or other visibly red clothing item. 

It helps amplify the "Red Alert" alarm that the residents of Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Be'er Sheva, Kiryat Malachi, and other cities suffer through.




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