January 2, 2012
About 1,500 demonstrators gathered in the central Geula neighborhood in al-Quds on Saturday evening, chanting, “Zionists are not Jews” and “Zionism is racism.”
The demonstrators had gathered to protest “oppression and incitement of the secular community” in Israel against them.
Some of the demonstrators wore yellow Stars of David on their jackets. The protesters also called Israeli authorities “Nazis.”
“It is like how it started with the Nazis — very slowly,” said a demonstrator.
“They are separating us from the Jewish people because we are following the way of the Torah. They hate us because we are going the Jewish way. And there is only one Jewish way.”
Israeli police arrested two protesters during the demonstration.
Another protester said that “the hatred and incitement being directed at us because we do not want to take on the ethical standards of the secular [community] is simply intolerable.”
In addition to the latest demonstration, Israelis have several times protested against the rising cost of living, injustice, social inequality and official corruption over the past few months. In October 2011, hundreds of Israeli medical personnel quit work in protest against their low income and the high cost of living.
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