North American Jews Express Support, Solidarity With Israel

NEW YORK - American Jews have expressed solidarity with Israel and full support for its military action against Hezbollah.

"The Katyusha volleys on Israeli cities and the feeling that Israel is in danger, together with pride in Israel's military might and ability to defend itself have revived the spirit of activism in the Jewish organizations," a leader of a large New York Jewish organization said on Friday.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations plans to hold a rally in support of Israel tomorrow. Senator Hillary Clinton and Nobel Prize Laureate author Elie Wiesel will be among the main speakers. Organizers expect some 2,000 people to attend.

A group of Jewish leaders is slated to hold a round of talks on Capitol Hill tomorrow with senior senators and lawmakers to express the Jewish community's gratitude for President George W. Bush and the administration's support for Israel.

Two delegations - of the Presidents' Conference and of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) - are due to arrive in Israel before the weekend to meet the prime minister and foreign minister and visit Sderot and northern communities.

Israeli consul in New York Arye Mekel said the consulate has been flooded by calls of Jews and especially Israelis, including doctors, offering their help in Israel. Several large Jewish organizations have published ads supporting Israel.