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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – A small group of ultra-Orthodox Jews is spending the Sabbath in Gaza in an unlikely show of support for Palestinians in the Hamas-run coastal strip.

Bearded and wearing black hats and coats, the four members of a tiny Jewish group vehemently opposed to Israel’s existence were a rare sight on Friday in the poverty-stricken Palestinian territory.

The Neturei Karta group has expressed support for the Iranian regime and for others who oppose the Jewish state, which they believe was established in violation of Jewish law.

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of New York City says they want Gazans to know Israel’s actions “are not in the name of Judaism.”

The four men are American and Canadian citizens. Israel bans its citizens from visiting the blockaded territory.

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