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Hundreds march in Prague against antisemitism

PRAGUE (JTA) – Hundreds of demonstrators, many waving Israeli flags, marched in Prague to protest the rising levels of antisemitism in Europe. The 12th annual event, titled “A March of Good Will,” was held Sunday, April 19 in the center of the Czech capital. The demonstration was organized by the Czech branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, a Christian Zionist group. Participants, many of whom also waved Israeli banners with slogans denouncing antisemitism, included several Holocaust survivors and some hundred young Germans who came to Prague for the occasion. The march moved from the city’s Old Town across the Vltava River to the gardens of the Czech Senate, where the minister of culture, Daniel Herman, along with the Israel’s ambassador to the Czech Republic and other officials addressed the crowd. Two Israeli jazz bands were to perform at a Prague theater to conclude the event. The Czech Republic has one of the lowest levels of antisemitism in Europe, with 13 percent of its population harboring antisemitic attitudes, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s Global 100 Index.

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