In a hostile protest gainst the United Nations, Zionists in Jerusalem on Sunday (16 November) renamed a street Zionism Street.
In a hostile protest gainst the United Nations, Zionists in Jerusalem on Sunday (16 November) renamed a street Zionism Street. The Street was formerly known as United Nations Organisation street.
The Jerusalem protest was one of many that have been sweeping the world since the United Nations last week approved a resolution in the General Assembly proclaiming Zionism a form of racism.
Cheered on by about a thousand chanting demonstrators, many of them schoolchildren, the Mayor of the Jerusalem Municipal Council, Mayor Teddy Kollek, tore down the UNO street sign. The a street is in the Kiryat Yovel quarter of the city.
Mayor Kollek and Mr. Ezra Shapiro, a member of the World Zionist Executive, then replaced the sign with a new one re-naming the street Zionism Street. Many of the crowd wore labels saying "I am a Zionist" and waved banners with anti-UN slogans on them.
Mayor Kollek told the crowd to manifest their Zionism in deeds that would support the Jewish state. Israel is appealing to world Jewry to rally behind it in a fight against the United Nation's attack on Zionism and has called a conference of 100 world Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on 29 November to discuss possible action.
Continued protest meetings against the recent UN vote on Zionism, equating it with racialism, are taking place all over the world as much as in Israel; the latest protest manifestation took place late this afternoon in the Kiryat Yovel quarter of Jerusalem, when the Jerusalem Municipal council held an open-air meeting at UNO Street corner Bolivia Street and Uruguay Street. About 1000 residents of the quarter,about half of them schoolkids, attended the short ceremony in which Mayor Kollek first addressed the Municipal Councillors as well as the residents and asked them to manifest their Zionism in deeds, building the Jewish State; "And there is still a lot to be done..." he said. He then replaced the UNO street sign, which he hurled onto the ground with a "Zionism Street" sign, which Mr. Ezra Shapiro, member of the World Zionist Executive put into its place. The crowds thronged forward and the youth shouted "I am a Zionist", as anti-UN slogans and pro-Zionist slogans were held high. All those present, young and old, wore the "I am a Zionist" tag or their lapels. Answering questions after the ceremony in English, Mayor Kollek referred to the recent UN vote and stated that bomb outrages are but a natural consequence of the PLO vote but that the city will stay united and not be divided, even if stricter security measures are being applied. "Searching someone for five minutes does not curtail his freedom of movement, Mayor Kollek stated.