Over 30000 Participate in Largest New York’s Celebrate Israel Parade

30,000 march in N.Y.’s Israel parade

Source: JTA, 6-5-11

Marchers representing the Jewish Agency for Israel were among the 30,000 people who marched in the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City on June 5, 2011. (Jewish Agency for Israel)
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Marchers representing the Jewish Agency for Israel were among the 30,000 people who marched in the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City on June 5, 2011. (Jewish Agency for Israel)

(JTA) — An estimated 30,000 people marched up New York’s Fifth Avenue in the annual Celebrate Israel Parade amid a sea of blue-and-white flags.

Tens of thousands lined the streets to view the parade.

The marchers were led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg accompanied by Israel’s minister of information and Diaspora, Yuli Edelstein; Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren; and Israel’s consul general in New York, Ido Aharoni.

Elected officials and politicians from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were in attendance, as were congressmen who made the trip from Washington.

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), one of the most ardent supporters of Israel in Congress and usually a reliable appearance at the annual parade, skipped the festivities — apparently laying low amid a scandal over a lewd photo that was sent last week from his Twitter account.

The Israel parade, which started in 1964, is held to mark the founding of the State of Israel. It is regarded as the world’s largest celebration of Israel Independence Day; the event was formerly called the Salute to Israel Parade.

Marching for Israel in NY

American friends: Some 30,000 people take over Fifth Avenue in show of support for Israel

Source: YNet News, 6-5-11

Some 30,000 people gathered in New York City Sunday to show their support for the State of Israel, taking part in the 48th traditional march for the Jewish State.

Israeli flags were ubiquitous while Jewish and Israeli artists and comedians performed on stages across the city.

As part of the celebrations, the thousands of revelers marched through Fifth Avenue. The march was opened by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was accompanied by Israel’s Minister of Information and Diaspora Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s US Ambassador Michael Oren, and Israel’s Consul General in New York Ido Aharoni.

Mayor Bloomberg and Minister Edelstein (Photo: Dan Brohawn)

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo also marched in support of Israel and was joined by numerous politicians, including elected officials

from the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Congress members from Washington were also in attendance.

Central Park mini-marathon

Minister Edelstein said that seeing tens of thousands of Americans marching in support of Israel was moving and important at this time, with the Jewish State facing increasing de-legitimization attempts. The State of Israel marks the fulfillment of the Jewish People’s “legitimate right” for the Land of Israel, he said.

Some 160 delegations of Jewish communities, synagogue representatives and community groups took part in the march. For the first time, the representatives of Israeli leftist organizations also joined the event, including members of Peace Now and the New Israel Fund who held up signs promoting freedom and democracy in Israel.

Marching in the streets (Photo: Dan Brohawn)

A very small group of radical Left protestors as well as haredim objecting to Israel’s existence were also on hand.

The marchers enjoyed the music of New York’s Fire Department band, the New York City Police band, and 14 other musical ensembles marching along Fifth Avenue. Dozens of artists and comedians performed on 23 stages, with the traditional march preceded by a mini-marathon in Central Park with some 5,400 participants taking part.

Mideast tensions colour NY Celebrate Israel Parade, with thousands marching up Fifth Avenue

Source: AP, 6-5-11

New York’s Fifth Avenue was awash in the blue and white of the Israeli flag for Sunday’s Celebrate Israel Parade, whose mood reflected rising tensions in the Mideast this year.

“We’ve always been saying, we’re ready to negotiate,” said Yuli Yoel Edelstein, Israel’s minister of information and diaspora, and grand marshal of this year’s march. “But the Palestinians have a unilateral approach; this is not the way you reach statehood.”

The thousands of marchers who stepped off at 57th Street late Sunday morning included New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, followed later by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and U.S. Sens. Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.

Notably absent was U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who has attended in past years. The Democratic congressman has had a rough week while struggling to explain how a photo of a man’s crotch in boxer briefs had been posted to his Twitter account and sent to a 21-year-old female college student in Seattle.

“I’m a very good friend of Congressman Weiner’s and I think he’s making his own decisions,” Gillibrand said during the parade.

Organizers say the annual parade, which started in 1964, is the largest in the world celebrating the founding of the Jewish state in 1948.

In recent months, the “Arab Spring” uprisings and the formation of a Palestinian unity government that includes the militant Islamic group Hamas have complicated hopes of renewed peace talks. The Palestinians have refused to return to the bargaining table for months because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has rejected their demand to halt all settlement construction on lands they claim for a future state. Syria’s frontier with the Israeli-held Golan Heights, reportedly killing 20 people. Scores more were wounded in the second outbreak of deadly violence in the border area in less than a month….

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