Pro-Israel rallies draw support in Paris, Brazil

Thousands of people attended France’s largest pro-Israel rally this year.

The crowd, estimated by police at 8,000, gathered near the Israeli Embassy in Paris under heavy police guard on July 31, shouting, “Long live Israel,” singing the anthems of Israel and France, and waving the flags of both countries.

The gathering was the first time that CRIF, the umbrella organization representing French Jewish groups and communities, convened a large event in support of the Jewish state during the current conflict.

Paris has seen dozens of anti-Semitic incidents since the campaign began, both during and after unauthorized protests against Israel. Nine synagogues have been targeted.

Meanwhile, some 2,500 people rallied at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 3 in an event organized by the city’s Jewish federation and several activists. About 3,000 people attended a similar rally in Sao Paulo.— jta