Hizbullah marks Jerusalem Day in subdued fashion

October 20, 2006 21:45


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In past years, Hizbullah has marked "Al-Quds Day" - the annual day of protest of Muslim support for Jerusalem - by staging massive military parades in Lebanon's capital. But this year's event on Friday was a more subdued affair. Instead of thousands of guerrillas marching in uniform, the invitation-only event in a concert hall featured an orchestra, a choir and several anti-Israeli speeches. Hizbullah's leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the keynote speaker at last year's parade, was noticeably missing Friday. His deputy filled in, telling the hundreds of supporters in the hall that Hizbullah would not give up its fight against Israel. Hizbullah said it didn't feel the need to organize a mass rally this year for "Al-Quds Day," which means Jerusalem in Arabic, after hundreds of thousands of supporters took to the streets last month for a "victory" rally in bombed-out southern Beirut.

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