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Monday, July 31, 2006

Vigil update

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Waving posters and flags in the sultry mid-summer evening air, more than 300 members of the Newton-area Jewish community turned out for tonight's "Community Vigil for Israeli Victims of Terror" at City Hall.

Speakers included Israeli Consul General to New England Meir Shlomo, who promised the crowd that Israel would "win its war against Hezbollah."

"Israel will win its war against hatred, against intolerance, and against violence," Shlomo told the cheering crowd.

The counter-demonstrators who've crashed the event in previous years failed to show up.

One person who did was 79-year-old Bernice Barres of Auburndale whose son, Eliezer Barres, lives in Jerusalem with his six children. He has not been affected by the ongoing fighting, but she said she felt compelled to go to the rally anyway.

"Israel is not just my son," she said.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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