Israelis in New York to rally against coalition lawmakers in town for Israel Parade

Luke Tress is an editor and a reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

People participate in the annual Celebrate Israel Parade on June 2, 2019 in New York City. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP)
Illustrative: People participate in the annual Celebrate Israel Parade on June 2, 2019 in New York City. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP)

An Israeli protest group in New York announces plans to rally against coalition lawmakers who are visiting the city this week for the annual Israel Parade.

The protesters, part of a network of Israeli activists called UnXeptable, oppose the government’s judicial overhaul plans and have been holding regular rallies in and around New York City.

Organizers say they have collected information on 10 lawmakers who are visiting the city for the annual Israel Parade, a major annual event scheduled for next Sunday. The primary figure for the protesters is MK Simcha Rothman, the chair of the Constitution Law and Justice Committee, and one of the key players in the coalition’s push to overhaul the judiciary.

“This is our opportunity to give everything to push against the delegation of lies and hatred that comes here,” organizers say in a statement. “Our message is simple: whoever dismantles Israeli democracy should not expect a relaxing vacation in New York.”

“They are coming to try to cover up the enormous damage this government is doing to US-Israel relations and to the Jewish community in the Diaspora,” the statement says. “We will be at every conference, every meeting and every event to prevent them from spreading their lies.”

“We will send a clear note to organizations and synagogues that it is very unprofitable to invite those who destroy the economy, security and future of Israel.”

The demonstrators are planning a series of protests outside conferences, receptions and other events in New York and New Jersey.

The main protest is scheduled for next Sunday at 2 p.m. outside a conference at the Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

The US-based protesters previously called on the organizers of the Israel Parade, the Jewish Community Relations Council and UJA Federation, to disinvite the coalition lawmakers.

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