There was a large show of support for the state of Israel in downtown Montreal today.
It was to mark the 66th anniversary of Israel's independence day — Yom Ha'atzmaut.
Thousands of people gathered at Phillips Square, most of them waving the blue-and-white Israeli flag, alongside some others waving Canadian and Quebec flags.
"It's actually one of the biggest, largest rallies like this outside of Israel," says organizer Sid Milech.
"It's just a very special day...to come and celebrate everything that Israel represents to me and my family," one woman said. "We've travelled around the world for 2,000 years, and finally we have a home. And we're going to keep it, forever and ever."