Orthodox Jews to Demonstrate Wednesday in Front of Israeli Consulate

Sep 02, 2009, 01:43 ET from True Torah Jews

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A mass demonstration of Orthodox Jews is planned for Wednesday, September 2 at 2:30 PM in front of the Israeli consulate in Manhattan at 800 2nd Ave, corner 42nd St.

The demonstration comes in reaction to the recent clashes between police and religious Jews in Jerusalem over a new parking lot opened by the government near the religious neighborhood of Meah Shearim. Religious Jews object to the government's decision to keep the parking lot open on the Jewish Sabbath.

"The Israeli government and the Jerusalem municipal government are committing acts of brutality against religious Jews on a scale not seen in the last 65 years," said Rabbi Menashe Fulop, a prominent Rabbi of the Satmar Hasidic community. "For the past three months, religious Jews have been regularly beaten mercilessly at demonstrations, called by the chief rabbis of Jerusalem, against the parking lot set up by the city government right next to the walls of the Old City. The government is inviting Sabbath-desecrators from the entire country to come to the Holy City, the palace of G-d, the place where the Divine Presence resides, to insult G-d, who warned in His Torah against the desecration of the Sabbath."

This wave of violence reached its peak this past Friday night, August 28, when a police officer directed a driver stopped at a traffic light to proceed, although, the religious community claims, the officer was aware of the religious Jew lying under his car. The driver obeyed, injuring the man and dragging his body some distance along the road. The man is still hospitalized. A similar incident occurred on Sunday, August 30, at a demonstration staged by religious Jews to protest an autopsy of the body of a Jewish man stabbed to death the previous night: a police car struck and seriously wounded one of the protestors.

"In which country in the world do religious Jews suffer as much persecution as in the state that calls itself Israel?" said Rabbi Fulop.

For more information on the anti-Zionist community, visit www.jewsagainstzionism.com.

SOURCE True Torah Jews