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Quebec mayor under fire for anti-Israel remarks

A small-town Quebec mayor is under fire for anti-Israel comments.

Mayor Stephane Gendron, who is also a television host, said during a broadcast that Israel is an apartheid state that doesn't deserve to exist.

It's not the first time he's been criticized for his opinions on the Jewish state, but this time the protests are coming to his door.

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Members of the Jewish Defence League group are picketing in front of Huntingdon's city hall today.

They want him to step down as mayor or be fired.

Mr. Gendron has been mayor of the tiny town near the Quebec-New York border since 2003.

A spokesman for the defence league says the remarks are very "dangerous, inflammatory and un-Canadian."

League spokesman Meir Weinstein says the group intends to keep up the pressure for Mr. Gendron to step down.

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