Neturei Karta 'Honors' Sabbath with Anti-Israeli Muslims
Members of the anti-Zionist and hareidi-religious Neturei Karta in Britain spent the Sabbath walking several miles to join thousands of Muslims, leftists and anarchists in a massive anti-Israeli protest.
Neturei Karta rabbis in New York called on followers to demonstrate "their outrage at the Zionist state of 'Israel' and its atrocities against the inhabitants of Gaza" in protests scheduled across from the United Nations on Sunday.
Nearly 12,000 demonstrators marched on Number 10 Downing Street, the official home of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and hundreds of people threw shoes, imitating a similar action by an Iraqi journalist two weeks ago in Iraq at a press conference held by United States President George W. Bush.
Among those calling for a halt to Israel's effort to stop terrorist fire on civilians on southern Israel was former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who recently lost his bid for re-election.
Prime Minister Brown spoke with outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in an appeal for Israel to end the counterterrorist offensive in Gaza. "Too many have died, and we need space to get humanitarian supplies to those who need them," according to the British leader.
Israeli's reply was not reported, but Olmert and the Security Cabinet rejected a French proposal for a temporary ceasefire, saying that their claim of the need for aid is bogus. Israel has supervised the transfer of hundreds of trucks with medical supplies and other goods into Gaza this week.
Worldwide and Israeli Protests
Other protests throughout major European capitals and across the United States castigated Israel. More than 20,000 protested in Paris.
The only official vocal support for Israel came from United States President George W. Bush, who continued to blame Hamas for the Israeli retaliation.
In the northern Galilee, more than 10,000 Arabs and Jewish and foreign anarchists showed support for Gaza Arabs. Similar protests, including the burning of America and Israel flags, took place through Arab cities in Judea and Samaria.
Arab Knesset Member Jamal Zahalka (Balad) called for charges of "war crimes" against Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.
Israel Is Our Home (Yisrael Beiteinu) supports held counter demonstrations, with sings exclaiming, "No citizenship without loyalty!"
Likud activists and anti-government demonstrators faced each other in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.