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Ultra-Ortodox Neturei Karta hold anti-Israel protest on Memorial Day eve

Members of radical anti-Zionist sect clash with police officers in Jerusalem during moment of silence in memory of fallen soldiers. One protestor arrested after torching Israeli flag

Shmulik Grossman Published: 04.18.10, 22:47 / Israel News

While the Remembrance Day ceremony in honor of Israel's fallen soldiers took place at the Western Wall plaza Sunday evening, a group of Neturei Karta used the occasion to demonstrate their hostility towards the State of Israel.

Some 150 members of the anti-Zionist sect rioted in Jerusalem's Shabbat Square and waved anti-Israel signs. One protestor went as far as burning the Israeli flag and was promptly arrested.

An undercover police detective disguised as an ortodox man spotted the suspect torching the flag and arrested him.

A local ortodox man said that the group's protests this year had a harsher tone than in previous remembrance days. "They called out slogans against Israel and wrote 'Jews aren’t Zionists' on their signs. They continued rioting even when the siren went off," he said.

He further stated that the group's conduct was unacceptable to many of the ortodox residing in the area.

The protest was shut down after demonstrators clashed with police officers. Shortly thereafter, members of Neturei Karta began torching trash bins on the adjacent Shivtei Yisrael Street and effectively blocked the road.

Another defying event was recorded in Tel Aviv, when a group of 20 ultra-Orthodox decided to mark the Memorial Day eve by celebrating a birthday at Yarkon Park.

The Neturei Karta sect's campaign against Israel has been going for years, but has recently intensified.

Last January four of the sect's members, US and Canadian citizens, visited the Gaza Strip and spent Shabbat with members of Hamas. They noted that the visit was aimed at showing support for the Palestinian people.,7340,L-3877908,00.html

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Added: Apr-19-2010 
By: aydeo
Middle East
Tags: Neturei Karta, Ortodox, Anti-Israel, Protest, Memorial Day, Clash, Police, Torch, Flag
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