Pro-palestine Groups in Counter-demonstration

A counter-demonstration to the Israel Day Parade was held in Central Park today sponsored by the Middle East Teach-In Committee and the Palestine Solidarity Committee. Police estimated about 150 persons attended.

A brochure distributed by the sponsoring groups said,” At this critical moment the Zionist organizations in New York are staging their annual Salute to Israel Parade. We say that this is no moment for brass bands and fancy floats, no time for heedless appeals for further United States military aid to Israel.”

The Teach-In was scheduled to hear Mayors Mohammed Milhim of Halhoul and Fahd Kawasme of Hebron who were expelled from the West Bank by Israeli authorities in May, 1980. Kawasme told reporters earlier that the Israeli raid on the Iraqi nuclear plant was not an act of self-defense. If the Israelis do not want to see nuclear plants in the Middle East, “why are they building one in Arad?” he asked.

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