Is­rael Day Pa­rade faces Jewish anti-Is­rael pro­test­ers and anti-ho­mo­sex­ual cru­saders

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Marchers in the Is­rael Day Pa­rade up Fifth Av­enue faced some dis­so­nant spec­ta­tors: Or­tho­dox Jews who don’t be­lieve Is­rael should ex­ist.

Stand­ing near them at Sun­day’s cel­e­bra­tion were other Or­tho­dox men heck­ling gay marchers while hoist­ing signs that read, “Ju­daism con­sid­ers male ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity a sin worse than mur­der.”

But mostly, New York’s an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of Is­rael was greeted by tens of thou­sands of spec­ta­tors de­voted to the Jewish state. As usual, se­cu­rity was es­pe­cially tight for a pa­rade that is a po­ten­tial ter­ror­ist tar­get, as are other prom­i­nent Jewish venues in New York City.

About 30,000 par­tic­i­pants in­cluded New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Bla­sio, plus mem­bers of the Is­raeli par­lia­ment, the Knes­set.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to march with many thou­sands who stand with us while oth­ers in­cite against us,” said Avra­ham Naguise, an Ethiopian-born Knes­set mem­ber from the Likud Party.

On the side­lines be­hind po­lice bar­ri­cades were sev­eral dozen men from the Ne­turei Karta In- ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion, which calls for the dis­man­tling of the Jewish state, be­liev­ing that Jews are for­bid­den from hav­ing their own state un­til the ar­rival of their mes­siah.

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