Mideast Tensions Color NY Celebrate Israel Parade

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — 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.

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

“The impact on the congressman and what it means to people, we’ll wait and see,” Cuomo said. “It’s going to be up to the congressman how he handles it and then people will have an opinion when they actually have the facts.”

Schumer declined to comment on Weiner’s absence.

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, “Arab Spring” uprisings and the formation of a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas dimmed hopes of renewed peace talks.

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“While the vast majority of Israelis want a two-state solution, too many Palestinians – and too many in the Arab world – do not,” Sen. Schumer told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

Sen. Schumer said that he believes, unfortunately, that violence between Israel and Palestine will continue.

“Until they come to the realization that there has to be two states in the Middle East, we won’t have peace,” he said.

On Sunday, Israeli troops battled hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters who tried to burst across Syria’s frontier with the 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.

“We must be conscious of what’s going on overseas,” said city Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who stood at the side of Fifth Avenue, overseeing a strong police presence that stretched to the end of the parade route at 79th Street.

“My job is to make sure everything goes well,” the commissioner said.

Behind police barricades were thousands of observers, some carrying signs criticizing President Barack Obama’s policy speech last month on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The president said Israel’s boundaries before the 1967 Mideast war should be the starting point for negotiations on any future borders.

“The Palestinians should have some territory, but not the 1967 borders, which would make Israel indefensible,” said one parade observer, Paul Abad, 22, a New York college student who said his father is Arabic from Cuba, and his mother a Jewish New Yorker.

He was wrapped in an Israeli flag, wearing a T-shirt that said, “Israel Defense Forces.”

One Fifth Avenue sidewalk was filled with two groups of protesters who have appeared each year, both critical of Israel: anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews who oppose Israel’s existence, saying only the Messiah can establish a Jewish state; and supporters of a Palestinian state who hoisted their red, black, white and green flags.

Did you join in the celebration at the parade? Let us know in our comments section.

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  • John

    Having pride in Israel, celebrating the history of the Jewish people and express one’s positive connection to the Jewish homeland: excellent cultural win

    Promoting Israel’s campaign of state terrorism and military occupation, accepting it’s apartheid system and unequal and dehumanizing treatment of native Palestinian people and also has resulted in a sizable and growing list of American, Israeli and international citizens who have been beaten, disfigured and/or killed by IDF soldiers and violent Israeli settlers: regrettable moral failure

  • sk

    i was proud to be at the parede and show support for israel. Israel is faced with so much hatred and isolation and its so important for american jews to show israel they are not alone!

    • Ellen

      ski, I am praying for the jews and that they have peace and tranquility, and not only my Jewish brethren, but for all of us. May God grant us all the wisdom and compassion to at least succeed where are forbearers didn’t.

    • Mark Gerrard

      Israel deserves all the hatred it gets. Why are we not sending helicopter gunships in to deal with the oppression the Israelis are forcing on Palestinians??

  • RRosen

    I was there, it was spectacular. Mideast tensions – there will always be mideast tensions. We must continue to show our support for Israel and support the politicians that stand with us.


    Goyim (Non-Jews) were born only to serve us (Jews). Without that, they have no place in the world, only to serve the People of Israel,…Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We (Jews) will sit like an effendi (Turkish term for high rank) and eat.”
    “Yosef: Gentiles exist only to serve Jews”, Jerusalem Post, 10/18/2010

  • Gerald Waldman

    Finally @ Rodin — You use the same name as the artist. He only sculpted “The Thinker”, nobody said he was one. So your name certainly seems to fit. When you get your history and facts straight, then maybe you’ll get your thoughts and comments straight.

    • Rodin

      You talk such trash, nothing but Mantras. Not a sign of reasoning or questioning… or thought.

      Obviously, all you know about Rodin is simplistic and minimal. He was the creator of The Thinker. Perhaps you’ve heard of The Kiss or The Gates of Hell. Who hasn’t? Some art authority you are!

      You deride one of the greatest creative geniuses as mindless, thoughtless.

      INFORM YOURSELF. ‘Rodin: A Biography’ by Frederic V. Grunfeld

      And get some sleep. You’ve been at this all night and the deprivation shows (although you appeared frazzled and frayed from the start.

      I got my rest. After breakfast I will answer a few comment replies and move on to something of greater substance than Israeli bombast. “Every Dog has its day,” the proverb goes. Israel’s is past. Looking forward to Gay Pride Day and the Fourth of July.

  • Gerald Waldman

    Also, I can’t be responsible for where CBS New York places my comments.

  • Livia Shelford

    A lovely, proud day. Happy Birthday, Israel! We wish you many, many more.

    • Rodin

      Is this your final ‘argument’ after you’ve run out of platitudes and pointless sound bites?

      G’nite. Your dribble made me sleepy.

  • Morty Greenberg

    Every time you fill up your gas tank you are ur paying for the rockets being fired on innocent Israelies. Seemds you anti semites would rather see the aaaarabs running this country.
    Im a very proud American and a very proud Jew.

    • Rodin

      Pride gets you nowhere but into trouble.

      “Seems you anti semites would rather see the aaaarabs running this country?”

      Scroll down and read HARLEM GOING H.A.M.’s quote of Ariel Sharon.

      Wish we could be free of BOTH Arabs and Jews. That’s a worthy goal to strive for. Middle East problems over and out.


    “Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . .. I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”
    Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.

    • Rodin

      Hear ye, hear ye!!!

    • Livia Shelford

      Right, and he said this right after he wrote the Protocols of Zion while engaging in a blood libel. If you are going to quote made-up quotes, try to make them sound more realistic.

      • Gerald Waldman

        You go Livia!

  • Average Joe

    U.S. taxpayers give Billion$ and Billion$ to Israel….more than any other country….while unemployment and homeless are at record high.

    • sk

      the US goives millions of dollras to many other countries besdies israel. You are not complaining that we give so much MORE money to pakistan who hides terrorists! why are you OK with that?

    • Livia Shelford

      They give more to the Arab countries. Check out the facts before you post, then you won’t be so average.

      • Rodin

        Want facts? Check my post on this below.

  • Gerald Waldman

    Well, the anti-semites are out in force again! That is you: Rodin, Shabat Goyim R us, Brian the NYer, Joe, et al.

    • Rodin

      Not anti-semites (which Arabs are too, in case you forget), Anti-FASCIST (since the Jews were victims and now that they practice what they learned so well…from the Nazis).

    • Gerald Waldman

      We can, it seems, add Nik to my above list.

  • Rodin

    Have you noticed what little interest there is in this bombast?

    25 comments with this one and 11 are mine.

    No one cares for Zionists. Get the message, Capitol Hill?

    • Livia Shelford

      Actually, Americans care about Israel, al Rodin.

      • Rodin

        What cloud do you live on?

        Politicians, maybe if marginally.

        The average Joe who’;s dying in the Middle East to “secure” Israel?

        ASK HIM.

  • jim masterson

    Always a peaceful time at the Israel Day parade, too bad the rest of the natioanlistic parades can’t take a page out of the jewish of NYC.

    • Rodin

      Nationalism, like religion. is a prejudice.

    • nathan

      I dont recall any big dust-ups at the Greek Parade or Steuben Day parades, do you jimbo? Say what you really mean, or perhaps you’d rather not…

      • Rodin

        They’re the “chosen people.”

  • Rodin

    While “New York’s Fifth Avenue was awash in the blue and white of the Israeli flag for Sunday’s Celebrate Israel Parade,”

    Israeli troops kill 20 protestors in Syria border clash
    Associated Press
    Last Updated: 4:22 PM, June 5, 2011

    Condemn Bashar Assad!
    Condemn Muammar Gaddafi!!

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.


    “Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.”

    • Rodin

      That’s the problem.

    • WITHOUT THE USA you are......

      It seems today, regarding the parade,

    • Gerald Waldman

      Maybe “they” say that, but this American of the Jewish faith flies the US flag.

    • Gerald Waldman

      John Sheehan was very wrong. In the early 1800s, the US Marines and the US Navy were deployed to the Tripoli area to fight the pirates from Tunisia, It maybe in North Africa, but it’s the same general region and te same religious fanatics and the same Islamic culture.

      • Rodin

        Wrong again, or revisionist.

        ” US Marines and the US Navy were deployed to the Tripoli area to fight the pirates from Tunisia.” You said it yourself. PIRATES, not “Muslims” or Arabs. There IS a difference, even if you want to ignore it.

        I suggest you carefully reread Sheehan’s statement, which is absolutely historically accurate.

    • Gerald Waldman

      Rodin — you’re just as wrong as John Sheehan (whoever he is.was) is/was wrong.

      • Rodin

        SJ, scholar and missionary (which I won’t forgive him for).

      • Rodin

        Inform yourself. Google or Wikipedia. Don’t look to me for wisdom. I’m not feeding yo nottin’.

        I’ve done MY research.

      • Gerald Waldman

        Which John Sheehan: the ex-Marine General, the organic chemist, or the comedian? Those were the first 3 that showed up using Yahoo search!

    • Rodin

      Glad to hear that. Congratulations, you are UNIQUE (and you know it which is why you are excepting yourself)! Talk to “Shabat Goyim R us”, not me.

    • Livia Shelford

      And while the parade was proudly marching down 5th Avenue, the Syrian government was killing Syrians, the Yememite goevernment was killing Yemenites, the Egyptians were closing off the Palestinians, and all over the Arab world, terrorists were plotting about killing Americans. Just another happy, peaceful day in Arabia.

      • Gerald Waldman

        @ Rodin — how sure we are about them being “protesters” and not being terrorists. What I get is that you’re still trying to justify your bigotry. PS, I haven’t seen your claim reported in any of the media, online or on TV, broadcast or cable. You replied (timed in at 11:02 pm yesterday) “You said it all. Read the ‘holey’ Bible. Rest my case.” when I posted that I disagreed with Louis Aragon’s quote that you posted is as accurate as your “facts”. I said absolutely nothing about the Bible, didn’t even refer to it at all. I think it’s primarily a nice work of fiction, similar to a docu-drama.

        @ Livia — Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • Rodin

        “And while the parade was proudly marching down 5th Avenue,” Israeli troops kill 20 protestors in Syria border clash.

        What part do you not get? Du-uh.

  • Morty

    Proud to be an American……Proud to be a Jew…..

    • Rodin

      …and the partnership from Hell!

  • Linda

    God has established the land for Isreal and its boundries, that is how they should have it. God bless Isreal.

    • Rodin

      “Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized.”

      French poet, novelist and editor
      and member of the Académie Goncourt
      (1897 – 1982)

      • Gerald Waldman

        Sorry, Rodin, but Louis Aragon is wrong, too. Religion is NOT a sexual perversion. It may contain some perversion(including sexual) as part of it’s belief system. Lets see, 3 strikes (John, Louis and YOU) and your out! Get lost!

      • Rodin

        You said it all. Read the ‘holey’ Bible. Rest my case.

    • Nik

      I’m sick and tired of lunatics who talk to an invisible man in the sky getting to dictate public policy. With true democracy finally taking hold in the mid-east, hopefully the Zionists’ complete control over U.S. foreign policy in the region will be over, and the U.S. can actually pursue policies of peace and understanding in the region, instead of being held hostage by Jewish American lobbyists who advocate for policies that only undermine U.S. security.

  • jpeditor

    your’re a moron. Pakistan, Egypt and more ALL suck more U.S. $ and you get nothing for it. Israel spends ALL the money in the U.S. on arms to defend against the jihadis you support, and Israel develops the computer chips and the OS you are using right now. Feel free to cut off ALL the foreign aid and then Israel can finally tell you jihad lovers to take a hike and then she can deal with the jihadis as needed without worrying about peace morons like you crying every time they kill a terrorist.

    • Rodin

      $3,9 billion per year directly in cash during the first month of the fiscal year, with NO ACCOUNTING of how the funds are used according to the Congressional Research Service.

    • Nik

      Just because some of us recognize that Israel engages in government-sponsored terrorist tactics on a daily basis against the Palestinian people, doesn’t mean we support jihad. You are the moron. Israel is a menace.

  • Caleb Goldfarb

    This is one of the finest events this city has ever held.Congrats to the participants and organizers of this monumental event.

  • G!LL

    (about Israel parade) We have only one brain n his(Obama) all decision come from many brains, So, we should not blame him. He(Obama) cant share his top secrets (may b to the wellfare of the world) with anyone cos, if he himself cant keep his secrets , how can he expect someone else to keep it.

    • nathan

      Literacy. Look it up.

  • Judith Grayson, nyc

    a beautiful day for the anniversary of democrary in the middle east! Bless Israel todayl.

    • Rodin

      No, Gerry, not “proud,” AMUSED. This is how I get my rocks off on a slow Sunday afternoon, by setting fools off and making my points.

      Now, it HAS been FUN but I really do have better things to do,

      Good without gods.

      ~ RC.
      (MY initials)

      FYI –
      “Rodin” is my male Schnauzer who looks just like his namesake and is as smart, a great deal smarter than most posting here. I just speak for him because his paws make it difficult to type.

      My little baby female Schnauzer is called Frida, after Frida the Mexican painter who had bulging eyebrows and a mustache too, just like my baby Frida; Frida Kahlo, Atheist Jew.

      I’m just an artist and art historian, an academic with a keen interest in the abuses and follies of religion.

    • Gerald Waldman

      Rodin — why don’t you get your facts and history straight? Of the four things you mention, Israel is innocent of 3 of them and they’re only trying to repress those who use rocket, mortar, car and suicide bombing attacks on Israeli citizens.

    • Rodin

      Since its inception, Israel is never INNOCENT. Facts are facts, your’s are propaganda.

      “People seem to be offended by facts, or what used to be called truth.”
      (1909 – 1992)
      Irish born British artist

    • Gerald Waldman

      @ Rodin — I did reply directly to Shabat Goyim R us. YOU are the one who is so proud of the number of comments that YOU made, “25 comments with this one and 11 are mine.” Look familiar? That was you about 4 hours ago! In one of my reply you’ll see quote marks around the word ‘they’, Shabat Goyim R us referred to “… them …” in his post. I was just wondering what he meant by them. It is a typical tactic used by the Neo-nazis, the skinheads, the KKK, etc. to refer to “them”.

  • Joe

    they are blessed with american tax money they don’t need

  • thx1138

    God Bless Israel

    • Rodin

      Keep your faith out of my face!

      Good without gods!

      • iggy horowitz

        Rodin is a sexual pervert who plays with himself in public.

      • Rodin

        That’s OK. If I abuse myself, my business, I at least don’t abuse others. I have no victims.

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