Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Montreal marks Israeli independence with Neturei Karta there

Montreal marks Israeli independence

About 6,000 people turned out in downtown Montreal to celebrate Israel's Independence Day.

The rally took place at its usual downtown location following last year's unsuccessful relocation to the mainly Jewish suburb of Cote Saint-Luc. A heavy police contingent was on hand following reports that a large anti-Zionist rally was expected nearby.

Ultimately the sole anti-Zionists were some 25 members of the Neturei Karta, a Chasidic sect that opposes the Jewish state. They chanted anti-Israel slogans and waved Palestinian flags and signs condemning Israel from behind protective barricades and a wall of police officers. There was no violence.

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