While Glenn Beck was giving his main address at Restoring Courage, I could hear the chants of the anti-Beck protesters on the other side of the Old City wall.
I’m not sure how she picked out the sound, but at one point Israeli-based journalist Sharona Schwartz, who was sitting near me, turned quickly and said, “There is another group singing an Israeli anthem — I bet they are supporting Beck.”
We rapidly decamped and found that she was right.
The group held Israeli and American flags.
I was able to get this picture of the largest flag, held aloft, along the fence line overlooking the Restoring Courage event as Glenn was speaking below.
And it soon became clear who was at the center of this show of support for Beck.
I saw a gathering around one woman who was answering questions, most hostile, in unwavering terms:
It turns out that Dr. Simcha Shalom Brooks, a Jewish academic focusing on Biblical history and archaeology, had come from Tel Aviv the night before to make sure she would have a prime spot to declare her support for Beck’s message — if you only watch one of these two clips watch this one:
And, yes, Brooks group had been singing the patriotic Israeli anthem that we heard from afar.