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Stephen Harper Sings for Israel [VIDEO]

At annual JNF dinner in Toronto, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper sang a medley of classics in support of Israel, while hundreds of Palestinian supporters protest Israel's 'apartheid' policies

By: Ofer Petersburg
Published: December 2nd, 2013 in News » World
Stephen Harper at the JNF eventPic: Toronto Star

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the Jewish National Fund of Canada's annual Negev Dinner in Toronto Sunday night.

Harper, considered one of Israel's best non-Jewish friends, received a round of applause from the crowd, and even played a small rock and roll piece, which he dedicated n honor of Israel. The emcee of the event called it Stephen Harper's "bar mitzvah".

The fundraiser was attended by some 4,600 Torontonians. Harper received a warm and friendly welcome and warm embrace from the Jewish community during the event, which cost each participant between $1,000 and $100,000. Harper's executive ministers also attended the event, and assured the hall that Canada will always stand by Israel.


Harper (middle) plays musical piece for Israel (Photo: Ofer Petersburg)

Harper (middle) plays musical piece for Israel (Photo: Ofer Petersburg)

While Harper took the stage, outside, hundreds of Palestinians and former-Israelis protested the Praver Bill and Bedouin resettlement. The demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and held placards protesting against Israel, calling it an "apartheid state". The Palestinian protesters even attempted to block roads near the hall where the dinner took place.

Police prepare for protest (Photo: JNF)
Police prepare for protest (Photo: JNF)


Protester's sign (Photo: JNF)
Protester's sign (Photo: JNF)


Protesters mark 'Day of Rage' (Photo: JNF)
Protesters mark 'Day of Rage' (Photo: JNF)


Anti-Israel protesters (Photo: JNF)
Anti-Israel protesters (Photo: JNF)


Opposite those protesters, dozens of Canadians demonstrated against Harper's treatment of Canadian aboriginals. Quickly the two protests merged, and the police was forced to push both groups away.

KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler condemned the protest: "The delegitimizing crusade is false, having long been directed at the State of Israel and, specifically, the JNF. These actions will not deter the JNF and its faithful supporters from continuing to represent the State of Israel and to act for the benefit of its development."

This story is reprinted with permission from Ynet News

Related articles: Canada News, Stephen Harper, Israel News, Jewish National Fund, Negev Dinner, Fundraiser
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