Police arrested seven activists amid disruptions at the Celebrate Israel Parade on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on Sunday, the left-wing Jewish Voice for Peace said in a statement.
The activists were part of a group of 100 members of JVP and the youth-oriented leftist group IfNotNow, who protested along the route of the pro-Israel parade.
“There is nothing to celebrate until Palestinians have equal rights, until the occupation ends, until there is justice, dignity and equality for all people living in that land,” the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, Rebecca Vilkomerson, said in a statement. “We can’t celebrate while Palestinians are denied basic rights to freedom and dignity.”
Activists carried a banner reading “No Celebration Without Occupation,” and at some points blocked the march.
7 Protesters Arrested At Celebrate Israel Parade
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