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Nationalist Russian Israelis Mock Leftist Rally in Tel Aviv

A recent anti-Judea and Samaria rally in Tel Aviv was crashed by proud nationalist Russian Israelis who aimed at making a mockery of the event.
By Malkah Fleisher
First Publish: 6/9/2010, 9:28 PM / Last Update: 6/9/2010, 11:59 PM

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A recent leftist rally against a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square was crashed by proud nationalist Russian Israelis who aimed at making a mockery of the event.

Hundreds of people congregated on Saturday afternoon against Jewish Judea and Samaria, and in solidarity with Arab residents of Hamas-controlled Gaza and the recent terrorist-laden Gaza "aid" flotilla.  The rally, called "The Government is Drowning Us All," was planned prior to the flotilla incident, but co-opted the issue on the day of the march.

However, the Sabbath-day event did not go off without a hitch.  A large group of secular nationalist Russian Israelis infiltrated their march, holding banners in English and Russian ridiculing the leftists.

The nationalists, who were otherwise indistinguishable from the rest of the protestors, held signs including "We'll Stab for Peace", "We'll make the world abandon reason", "We Believe in blah-blah-blah", "What the hell am I doing here?" and "Don't mess with the Zohan", according to a report in the popular blog, The Muqata.  

The rally against Jewish Judea and Samaria also witnessed a strong overt counter-rally of other citizens who were infuriated by the nature and timing of the Rabin Square protest.

Dozens of supporters of Jewish strength in Israel tried to disrupt the event, and may even have thrown a smoke grenade.  Standing opposite a portion of the rally, counter-protestors sang slogans in support of Israeli Navy SEALS and sang Israel's national anthem, HaTikva.

They also shouted "traitors", "go to Gaza", and "terror supporters" at participants, from behind a blockade of police officers and riot police.