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Hundreds in Tel Aviv defy police ban to protest Gaza war

In what was slated to be the largest anti-war demonstration in Israel since the outbreak of hostilities in Gaza more than one month ago, Israeli security forces forbade a major demonstration in Tel Aviv tonight.

Hundreds gather in Tel Aviv to protest the Gaza war, despite a police decision to revoke the demonstration's permit, July 9, 2014, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv (photo: Activestills)

Hundreds gather in Tel Aviv to protest Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, despite a police decision to revoke the demonstration’s permit, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, July 9, 2014 (photo: Activestills)

Roughly 500 non-aligned activists flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in defiance of the ban, which was put in place ostensibly to stop large gatherings during a time when missiles are being fired at Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.

The major left-wing parties, including Meretz, were slated to join tonight’s demonstration but pulled out after police banned the public display of anger over the Gaza war.

Protesters chanted slogans such as “Funds to welfare not to war,” “Build more classrooms not more bombs” and “In Gaza and Sderot children want to live.”

Despite heightened tension and a small counter-protest of ring-wing activists, no major clashes were reported between leftist and rightist demonstrators. In addition, no arrests were reported.

Hundreds gather in Tel Aviv to protest Israel's Operation Protective Edge, despite a police decision to revoke the demonstration's permit, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, July 9, 2014 (photo: Activestills)

Hundreds gather in Tel Aviv to protest Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, despite a police decision to revoke the demonstration’s permit, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, July 9, 2014 (photo: Activestills)

Hundreds gather in Tel Aviv to protest Israel's Operation Protective Edge, despite a police decision to revoke the demonstration's permit, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, July 9, 2014 (photo: Activestills)

Hundreds gather in Tel Aviv to protest Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, despite a police decision to revoke the demonstration’s permit, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, July 9, 2014 (photo: Activestills)

A right-wing Israeli counter-protester at a pro-peace demonstration in Tel Aviv. Hundreds gathered in Tel Aviv to protest Israel's Operation Protective Edge, despite a police decision to revoke the demonstration's permit, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, July 9, 2014 (photo: Activestills)

A right-wing Israeli counter-protester at a pro-peace demonstration in Tel Aviv. Hundreds gathered in Tel Aviv to protest Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, despite a police decision to revoke the demonstration’s permit, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, July 9, 2014 (photo: Activestills)

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The night it became dangerous to demonstrate in Tel Aviv
‘No more deaths’: Thousands of Israelis protest the Gaza war
‘Unprecedented’ violence stalks anti-war demos across Israel

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    1. susy

      God bless these people. Really, from the bottom of my heart.

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      • Pedro X

        Susy Q, could you be more precise? Which god would bless these supporters of Hamas? Is it Baal, Anat, Horus, Menhit, Sekhmet, Ares, Mars, Kali, Pap-nigin-gara, Nergal, Shala, or maybe Resheph?

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        • Michael Taylor

          Pedro,

          Israel has persisted in policies of periodic invasion, embargo, and permanent refugee status for Palestinians for decades. Recognizing that this oft repeated policy has utterly failed to achieve its objectives is not the same as supporting the enemy. Indeed, it is simply being observant and seeking a more productive policy to achieve the objective of peace.

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    2. Reza Lustig

      Only going to mention this name one more time, then I’m done: Steven Plaut is now using the memory of Rachel Corrie’s death as a sick joke. When can we ban his comments from this website?

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      • Reza, he is commenting on the FB plugin. So FB would have to ban him – we can’t.

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        • Reza Lustig

          Goddamn it.

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    3. David Hillman

      Respect to you, and to the people of France, from one who organised demos in Oxford and attended those in London.

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      • denise mourges

        I support the bravery and commitment of those who stand for human rights for Palestine by tweeting and Facebooking my views, sometimes to the horror of my friends.

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    4. firuzeh

      A very courageous impressive act! Thank you all!

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    5. So great to know. Many Israeli human rights defenders face hostility because of their work for the rights of others. All here are human rights defenders . Keep it up.

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    6. Susan Hilde

      There are no winners in a violent conflict. The bombing of Gaza results in people boycotting and divesting. This will hurt Israel. I hope that reasonable people will stop this bloodbath. Violence begets violence. Too many people have died.

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