Several American Jewish organizations have been planning a rally across from the United Nations in NYC on Monday, September 22, to protest the visit by and policies of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Groups are scrambling to bring out the protestors, to make this rally bigger than the “Zionism = Racism” rally of the 1970’s. Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, the organizers invited Sarah Palin, the U. S, Republican Party candidate for VP, and she has tentatively planned to attend. Has this turned the rally into a more muddled event? If the rally already has local and regional opinion leaders and politicians as speakers, Elie Wiesel, and a few Farsi speaking dissidents thrown in for good measure, was it necessary to invite unelected candidates at the risk of alienating rally participants? Are public relations and media exposure the main goal (of course it is), and rally attendees merely background extras for the event?
Well… either way, I, personally, won’t let the planning and agendas of some organizations get in the way of a good cause. Be there. 12 Noon. Monday. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.