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Some 50,000 people marched up Fifth Avenue on Sunday in the annual Salute to Israel Parade celebrating 60 years of independence.

But one group of New Yorkers, according to the New York Times, did not show up: Israeli expats.

The organizers of the parade made special efforts to reach out to Israelis living in New York and to Jewish immigrants from Russia, the paper said on Sunday, to no avail.

Israelis who have left the country are much more critical of their homeland, it explained, unlike American Jews who have a more positive image of the country.

Also, despite the fine weather, there were fewer people marching in comparison to previous years.

However, those who weren't underrepresented were Israeli officials, local politicians and public figures. Among the marchers were Minister Ruhama Avraham Balila, Vice Premier Haim Ramon and Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, alongside New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Governor David Patterson, and New Jersey Governor John Corzine. Hundreds of Jewish school students, and several bands and orchestras also marched, including the IDF Orchestra who came to the city especially for the event.