A March for Israel is being held in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, with tens of thousands of people expected to attend to show support for Israel, for the hostages to be freed, and to protest antisemitism, which has increased in the U.S. since thebegan last month.
What is the March for Israel?
Ahead of the march, the organizers, Jewish Federations of North America and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, urged attendees to arrive early, as an estimated 60,000 people are expected to attend, according to the events permit obtained by CBS News.
“The March for Israel will be an opportunity for all Americans to come together in solidarity with the people of Israel, to demonstrate our commitment to America’s most important ally in the Middle East, to condemn the rising trend of antisemitic violence and harassment, and to demand that every hostage be immediately and safely released,” the organizers say on the march’s official website.
After the, the Anti-Defamation League recorded 312 acts of antisemitism in the U.S. through Oct. 23 — 190 of which were directly linked to the Israel-Hamas war.
During that time period, there was also a 338% increase in harassment, vandalism and/or assault, compared to the same time period in 2022,
Hamas, which the U.S. State Department designates as a terrorist organization, took an estimated 240 people hostage from Israel – including a child as young as three, according to the White House. Only four of the hostages have been released so far and negotiations, mediated by Qatar, are
The organizers of the D.C. march say posters will be provided and they encourage attendees to post about the march on social media using the hashtag #MarchForIsrael. For those who cannot attend in person, there will be a live stream.
What time is the March for Israel?
The march is scheduled begin at the National Mall at 1 p.m. and go until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Organizers of the March for Israel in D.C. are urging large groups who are traveling by buses to the area to register their buses so they know who is coming. The reserved bus parking lots, however, are already full, they said.
Travelers from U.S. cities like Boston and Pittsburgh were heading to D.C. by bus early Tuesday morning. “It’s incredibly important for us to come together as a collective community and as a nation when there is increasing dehumanization of Israel, there is a rise in antisemitism,” Laura Cherner of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh told. “To have us come together with support from the entire nation is going to be a huge, historic moment.”
More than 4,000 people from the Philadelphia area alone are heading to D.C. for the march, according to CBS Philadelphia.
March for Israel safety and security
The march has been designated a SEAR Level One event, meaning there will be a stronger federal law enforcement presence in coordination with local law enforcement, CBS News has confirmed. D.C. police and U.S. Park Police will be on the ground during the event.
Level One SEAR events are considered “significant events with national and/or international importance that require extensive federal interagency support,” according to Department of Homeland Security, which applies a “risked-base methodology to determine which first amendment events demand greater resources.
There have been no specific threats to the D.C. march, law enforcement officials confirmed to CBS News.
“DHS continues to work with stakeholders across the United States to share timely information and resources to enhance safety for their communities,” a Homeland Security spokesperson told CBS News in a statement. “The U.S. remains in a heightened threat environment and recent events reinforce that. As the Israel-Hamas conflict continues, we have seen an increase in reports of threats against Jewish, Muslim, and Arab communities and institutions. Lone offenders, motivated by a range of violent ideologies, pose the most likely threat. We urge the public to stay vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activity to their local law enforcement.”
Other protests in support of Israel and Palestinians
The war has sparkedand around the world. Last month, at the start of the war, pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups held dueling protests in New York City, demonstrating outside of the United Nations, in Times Square and at other landmarks,
A pro-Palestinian march in D.C. drew attendees from several U.S. cities on Nov. 3, with demonstrators calling on President Biden to end all aid to Israel, according to CBS affiliate WUSA.
On Sunday,– including 100,000 in Paris – held peaceful protests against antisemitism.