Some 900 Jewish Americans headed to Tuesday’s March for Israel Rally in DC were deliberately left stranded when bus drivers staged “a malicious walk-off.’’ They were reportedly left at Dulles International Airport after charter bus drivers refused to take them to National Mall for the rally, according to the event organizers.
NY Post Organizers of the “March for Israel” event, Jewish Federations of North America, estimate close to 300,000 people from around the country came to the National Mall Tuesday, a month after the Hamas attack on Israel.
The anti-Semitic bus drivers left the three chartered flights from Detroit — about 900 people — on the Dulles Airport tarmac for more than seven hours before being sent back home, causing them to miss the entire March for Israel event.
The three private planes out from Detroit were chartered by the Jewish Federation of Detroit, which also booked several buses to transport its nearly 1,000 ralliers to the march at DC’s National Mall.
The drivers had organized a “mass sick out” day to prevent Jewish ralliers from attending the much-anticipated march, leaving just a handful available to meet their obligations.
“We have learned from the bus company that this was caused by a deliberate and malicious walk-off of drivers,” the spokesperson told The Post.
Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations CEO William Daroff, one of the March for Israel organizers, also confirmed that the “bus drivers refused to take them to a pro-Israel event.”
Because chartered flights cannot depart the tarmac without pre-organized vehicular transportation, those passengers who were unable to board the limited buses were forced back onto the plane and missed the entire day-long rally.
They were also forced to wait several hours for their team members who did make it to the rally to finally return before the chartered flights could fly back to Michigan.
Kaufman — who spent hundreds of dollars to attend the march with his mother — called the walkout “a deliberate antisemitic act,” that “would have been called a hate crime” if it happened to any other ethnic group. “This is a historical moment — and I would have loved to be part of it.”
FOX5dc Among those who spoke to the crowd were actresses Debra Messing and Montana Tucker, Brettt Gelman, and political analyst Van Jones. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Hakeem Jefferies were joined by House Speaker Mike Johnson, and Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa in a “We stand with Israel” chant.
Those FOX 5 spoke to at the mall said that many have felt like they’ve quieted down and almost hid due to growing antisemitism following Israel’s response to the attack by Hamas on Oct. 7.