Venice: Thousands of Israelis celebrated the holiday of Shavuot in the southern city of Venice on Monday with a parade, fireworks and a traditional Jewish dance.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other high-profile Jewish Americans and Americans of Jewish descent took part in a Shavangi Day parade through downtown Venice.
In recent years, the event has become a flashpoint for anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish people and symbols in the city, including the Nazi swastika.
On Monday, the city’s mayor, Roberto Trevisan, was due to take part in the festivities, but was forced to cancel due to an inclement weather forecast.
He said in a tweet that he would be returning to his hometown of Siena in Sicily.
“Today’s parade was marred by inclement conditions and unfortunately I was forced today to cancel,” Trevisans Twitter account said.
The Venice-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) said it condemned the anti-Israel violence.IHRC Executive Director David Harris said in the statement: “We condemn all acts of violence against Israelis, whether in the West Bank or Gaza, and call for peace.”
The parade, held to mark Shavod’s Day, began at 8 a.m.
(2100 GMT) and was held in the main square of the city.