Jews Blocked from Pro-Israel Rally
Jewish people were forcibly stranded and left unable to attend the rally in Washington.
From New York Post. Hundreds of Jewish people headed to Tuesday’s pro-Israel rally in DC were left stranded when bus drivers staged “a deliberate and malicious walk-off,’’ a major Jewish organization said.
The “anti-protest” left a chartered flight from Detroit — about 300 people — on the Dulles Airport tarmac for about 11 hours before they were sent back home, causing them to miss the entire March for Israel event.
“I thought it was nuts, I thought it was crazy that we’re blocked from getting to the rally,” Jonathan Kaufman told The Post, adding that there were “frantic” calls to find out what was happening as they were stranded for hours.
“Our right to assembly is a constitutional right — and this was straight-up blocking that.”
Kaufman and 900 others hopped on three private planes out of Detroit chartered by the Jewish Federation of Detroit, which also booked several buses to transport the massive group to the march at DC’s National Mall.
A third of the passengers weren’t allowed to leave the tarmac, however, after several buses failed to show up on the tarmac upon their 10:30 a.m. landing, according to a federation spokesperson.
The drivers had organized a “mass sick-out” day to prevent Jewish ralliers from attending the much-anticipated march, leaving just a handful available to meet their obligations.
“We have learned from the bus company that this was caused by a deliberate and malicious walk-off of drivers,” the spokesperson told The Post. …
Because chartered flights cannot depart the tarmac without pre-organized vehicular transportation, those passengers who were unable to board the limited buses were forced back onto the plane and missed the entire day-long rally. …
Kaufman — who spent hundreds of dollars to attend the march with his mother — called the walkout “a deliberate antisemitic act” that “would have been called a hate crime” if it happened to any other ethnic group. …
The massive group was initially told the buses were struggling to get through security to enter the concourse and reach the tarmac before they were told the truth.
“About an hour and a half later, we were told that there was an ongoing walkout of bus drivers from the company that was hired to drive us into the city and that the shortage of drivers was making it very difficult to get us into DC,” Jonah Seinfeld-Chopp, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Michigan, told The Post.
Seinfeld-Chopp and his girlfriend had woken up at 5 a.m. to make it to the march, which was billed as an opportunity for “Americans from all walks of life” to condemn rising antisemitism across the nation and to demand that Hamas finally release the hundreds of Israeli hostages it is hiding in Gaza. …
The walkout could land the bus company in legal trouble for the apparent antisemitic walkout, Brooke Goldstein, a human rights lawyer and founder of The Lawfare Project, exclusively told The Post.
“Any company that so blatantly refuses to provide services to Jewish people engages in unlawful discrimination,” Goldstein said. …
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(Excerpt from New York Post. Photo Credit: Amir Levy/Getty Images)
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