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Where's the Jewish New Year's Parade? It isn't in Israel anymore

New York Police Band march in Salute to Israel Parade 2011
Parades are often used to celebrate a New Year, but they vary with culture. Roman Calendar parades, such as Paris, London, and Pasadena, are typically held on January 1st. Chinese Lunar New Year parades are held in February. Hindu, lunar New Year parades, like the Iranian Nowrouz, are usually held around early Spring.
This year, our lunar Rosh Hashana coincided with the beginning of Autumn. But Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana in synagogue praying, not parading. Instead of parading for New Years, Jewish-Americans hold a parade in New York City on the first Sunday in June, in honor of Israel's Independence Day (lunar calendar's 5th of Iyar). Other ethnic groups parade their culture through New York City streets, e.g., St. Patrick's Day Parade is essentially an Irish Pride Parade. The Columbus Day parade is like an Italian Pride Parade. 

So the Salute to Israel Parade (or as it has been called since 2011, the Celebrate Israel Parade) may be viewed as our Jewish Pride Parade. It's a rare opportunity to publicly express Jewish cultural identity- with police protection. And in the absence of a parade for Jewish New Years, to keep you in a celebratory spirit, enjoy a look at our original video from that first, Celebrate Israel Parade in 2011 (before it became politicized when Israel-boycotting pressure groups were welcomed to march).

This event honoring Israel's 63rd birthday was held on June 5, 2011. The video segments include comments by Israel Amb. Michael Oren, Rep. Elliot Engel, Rep Charles Rangel, Grand Marshalls Eugene Gluck (a holocaust survivor) and Joseph Sitt of Thor Equities- who is redeveloping Coney Island. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said that on this day, America's love for Israel is on display- and the Israelis should be aware of it.  NY's Channel 5 (Fox local) broadcasted the event live, co-hosted by Fox reporter John Huddy and Israeli actress and model Becky Griffin.

Jewish people from America, Spain, the Mid-East are joined by refugees from anti-Semitic discrimination in Europe. Colorfully costumed Bukharian and Russian Jews participate- with ethnic costume, music, and dance. Christian Zionists of Eagles Wings and other groups also marched to show their love of Israel. Barack Hussein Obama's administration ran US policy soft on Islamism, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other Islamist enemies of Israel.  Tens of thousands participated- see who (if anyone) you recognize.

Part 2- Parading Zionist-pride at the 2011 Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City. Many metro-NYC Jewish school kids create banners, flags, and even floats for a parade which celebrates Israel's contributions to humanity in religion, spirituality, science, medicine, the arts, and defense against jihadism.
The Chai-Riders Motorcycle Club close out the parade- with the vow of "Never Again" will Jew-haters prevail over the Jewish people.

On Friday, the 2nd day of Rosh Hashana outside of Israel, Iran held its own parade- of weapons including nuclear capable missile with a range far-enough to strike most of the Middle East- including Israel.

Fox News reports that
Iran's state-run, IRNA news agency quoted the chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, saying the missile “can carry several warheads for various uses.” "As it was observed, the missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future," he told reporters on the sidelines of the parade.

Rouhani said at the parade that Tehran would not stop its missile program but instead boost military capabilities, despite U.S. demands. Rouhani also said Tehran would keep supporting the "oppressed people of Yemen, Syria and Palestine" — a reference to Iran's role in the wars in Yemen and Syria and its support for Palestinian militant groups such as Hamas.

Iran is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has backed Yemen’s Shiite rebels against U.S. supported and Saudi-led coalition that sought to return the internationally elected government to power in Yemen. During Trump’s address to the United Nations Tuesday, Trump accused Iran of supporting terrorists and called Tehran a “corrupt dictatorship” and a “murderous regime.”
Israel used to hold military equipment parades, until after the Yom Kippur War, when it was determined to discontinue them. Israel relies on the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 anti-missile programs to protect its public from Iran's ballistic missiles.

Arrow anti-ballistic missile concept

1 comment:

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