According to Garda estimate 175 Christians and Jews joined in a Rally outside the Israeli Embassy this evening. People came from many parts of Ireland including Cork, Mayo, Donegal and Rostrevor with Israeli flags to show their solidarity with Israel at this time of crisis. Speakers were Israeli resident in Dublin, Ronen Vaknin, Paul Coulter from the International Christian Embassy’s Irish Branch, Paddy Monaghan from Irish Christian Friends of Israel. The Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Boaz Modai, was in attendance and thanked people for attending.
Speakers emphasised that “It is possible to be pro Israel and yet appalled at the killing/wounding of innocent people. Lets remember that the innocent are on both sides in Israel and Gaza. It is sad that there is absolutely no international focus on Egypt which closed its border with Gaza and refused to allow any aid in. In contrast Israel allowed 800 trucks of medicine into Gaza through its crossing in the last 2 weeks.” Paddy Monaghan asked “Why aren’t the media interviewing Egypt about this? Why aren’t they interviewing Hamas leaders in Qatar and Egypt about their absolute refusal to build bomb shelters for their people?
Barry Williams led a minute silence for all the innocent on both sides that have died. Paul Coulter emphasised the message “Israel you are not alone millions of Christians around the world are standing with you.”
The clear message to the Jews and Christians present was “Lets continue to keep Israel in prayer and pray that Hamas will come to its senses soon and stop bombing Israel and that the Lord in his mercy will bring about a just ceasefire soon.” All present were encouraged to lobby their politicians on behalf of Israel.
It was emphasised that Hamas are committed to anti Semitic incitement and to no negotiations whatsoever according to their own covenant that they pledge to implement. Copies of a summarised version of the Hamas covenant were distributed.
3 Israeli songs were sung and we finished with the Israeli national anthem