Welcome Mr President! Please, Free Pollard

On the eve of Barak Obama’s visit to Israel, I was on my way to the press party for foreign journalists. Only I never got to the Begin Center reception,

Israeli president's house

Approaching Beit Hanasi there were barriers and a large crowd blocking the street.

Obama in Israel protest photo

The #13 bus had to be diverted, but everyone in the neighborhood is expecting that to be the norm for the rest of the week with streets blocked for Obama security.

barriers outside Bet Hanasi

The barriers were for a Jonathan Pollard protest rally.

Let my people go poster

“Let Pollard Go” and “YES YOU CAN” banners were held up.

TV reporter at Jerusalem protest

Fox news was on the scene, I sure hope they got a good story.

I was happy to see that I was not the only one missing the party.

Obama in Israel protest rally

Hundreds of welcoming banners were displayed in Hebrew and English.

Crowd at protest eve of Obama in Israel

There were plenty of white hats in the crowd..

photo from Pollard protest jerusaelm

but this one black hat seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Natan Sharansky photo at rally

Natan Sharansky addressed the crowd wearing his usual cap.

child at protest

The frenzy in crowd was contained, but displayed by many youthful participants.

photo of protest crowd Jerusalem

Hundreds or thousands of people turned out to call for the release of Jonathan Pollard.

photo Pollard rally

Notice how one entrepreneurial ice cream truck had the sense to come too!

protest banners held by two girls

Have to love those Jerusalem protest rallies, short on violence, but with plenty of smiling cute girls.

Maybe not the stuff of international news, but great for photo blogs.

Now it is count down time for #ObamaInIsrael.

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I lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For the last ten years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets