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Tens of Thousands of Jews Protest State of Israel in NYCSalem-News.com
Many Orthodox Jews say Israeli militarism and nationalism leads people away from peaceful Judaism.
(NEW YORK CITY) - On June 9, 2013, tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews assembled on the streets of New York City to protest against the existence of the State of Israel, and to condemn it's current "evil decree" to draft yeshiva students.
In Israel, every person, male or female, is forced to serve in the military when they turn 18. Increasing numbers of young Israelis are refusing to serve. In this case, Israel is trying to force Orthdox Israeli scholars from their Torah schools and into the army. They also say that the state of Israel itself is a violation, caused by the Zionists who are heretics. They say when they were starving in Jerusalem during WWI, the Zionists collected money from Jews around the world who sent it to help, but the Zionists withheld it, seeking conditions for their own power.
This is a major condemnation of Zionism, and distinguishes Zionism from Judaism, precisely as political activists have been trying to do but for which are called anti-Semitic. No one can call hundreds of enraged Orthodox Rabbis trying to preserve the pacifism of Judaism, anti-Semitic.
The mass demonstration shown in the video, took place in Federal Plaza Square in lower Manhattan. A huge platform had been set up for the well populated event, which was attended by several hundred rabbis and leaders of communities.
In front of the platform were seated hundreds of prominent and esteemed people, while the rest of the square was overcrowded with the tens of thousands of participants. Fiery speeches from the speakers gave Israel no quarter, condemning its endless illegal use of deadly force during its 65 years of occupation in Palestine.
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