A rally for Israel and against nothing

Yesterday could have been just another grey and boring Sunday, but it turned out to be quite the opposite, thanks to the pro-Israel rally that took place at Sergels torg in the very center of Stockholm.

The square in the Swedish capital lit up with hundreds of waving Israeli flags and Israeli music filled the air as somewhere between 700 and 1,200 friends of Israel gathered.

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, a Jewish blogger, organized the event and she kicked it off by holding a speech (although she was in tears a few times). A few speeches followed, made by wonderful people fighting for a more balanced image of Israel in Sweden, as well as by a couple of (liberal) politicians.

Photo credit: Anna Berg.

Of course, far away – held back by the police – were a few anti-Israel hooligans, waving Palestinian and communist (!) flags. “Go to hell”, they shouted. So much for dialogue…

It’s ironic that this rally – which was for Israel and against nothing – was met by counter-demonstrators who seemed to be against Israel more than they were for anything.

The event ended with us all singing Hatikvah. I saw tears in people’s eyes and no, I couldn’t help myself as I sobbed away.

Mainstream media has (not surprisingly) completely ignored this rally in the same way as they have ignored the rockets fired at Israel during the last few days. Oy vey! They should be ashamed of themselves.

Many more pictures from the rally can be found here.
Also I recently published a new ‘letter’ on Letters From Israel. Please read it and please submit your own!

Before signing off I must express my happiness!
The day is soon here! On Sunday I will finally be back in Israel.

So see you around!

About the Author
Kim Milrell da Costa is a Pro-Israel blogger, writer, and activist from Stockholm, Sweden. However he currently resides in a small town in southern Finland. He writes about 'Everything Israel' on his website, and has worked for the World Zionist Organization's Swedish subdivision: The Zionist Federation of Sweden. He is also a news junkie and he cares too much about what's going on in the world. Constantly worried.