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'Pay the price for peace': Israelis demand ceasefire

Some 400 protesters gathered in Tel Aviv Saturday night to protest against the war in Gaza, calling for an end to the blockade of the Strip and the Israeli occupation in general. The protest was organized by the the Coalition of Women for Peace and the socialist Da’am Workers Party.

Israelis in Tel Aviv protest against Israel's assault on Gaza, calling for a ceasefire and an end to the blockade of the Strip, Tel Aviv, August 23, 2014. (Photo: Activestills)

Israelis in Tel Aviv protest against Israel’s assault on Gaza, calling for a ceasefire and an end to the blockade of the Strip, Tel Aviv, August 23, 2014. (Photo: Activestills)

The protest was set to take place in Habima Square in central Tel Aviv, however police prevented the demonstration from taking place there and moved it to a nearby street. During the protest a rocket was fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv and intercepted by the Iron Dome.

The protesters chanted demands for a ceasefire, as well as slogans such as “Yes to welfare, no to war” and “Occupation is terrorism.” For the first time since anti-war demonstrations have taken place during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, there was no organized counter-protest of right-wingers; however, at the end of the demonstration an individual threw an egg at the protest organizers.

At the same time that the demonstration was taking place in Tel Aviv, residents of southern Israel gathered in Jerusalem to demand a political solution to the Gaza war, rather than a military one.

An Israeli protester holds a sign reading 'End the massacre in Gaza,' at a demonstration against Israel's assault on the Strip, Tel Aviv, August 23, 2014. (Photo: Activestills)

An Israeli protester holds a sign reading ‘End the massacre in Gaza,’ at a demonstration against Israel’s assault on the Strip, Tel Aviv, August 23, 2014. (Photo: Activestills)

Israelis in Tel Aviv protest against Israel's assault on Gaza, calling for a ceasefire and an end to the blockade of the Strip, Tel Aviv, August 23, 2014. (Photo: Activestills)

Israelis in Tel Aviv protest against Israel’s assault on Gaza, calling for a ceasefire and an end to the blockade of the Strip, Tel Aviv, August 23, 2014. (Photo: Activestills)

Israelis in Tel Aviv protest against Israel's assault on Gaza, calling for a ceasefire and an end to the blockade of the Strip, Tel Aviv, August 23, 2014. (Photo: Activestills)

Israelis in Tel Aviv protest against Israel’s assault on Gaza, calling for a ceasefire and an end to the blockade of the Strip, Tel Aviv, August 23, 2014. (Photo: Activestills)

(Haggai Matar contributed to this report)

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    1. Pedro X

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    2. Pedro X

      What a Bunch of Posers. These protestors have made large signs in English and little signs in Hebrew. They are posing for the American and English presses. They do not represent or speak for even a fraction of a small percentage of Israelis. Yet they seek to misrepresent the view of the Israeli public towards the war.

      Israelis are overwhelming in support of the war and actually want Netanyahu and the Israeli army to hit Hamas and Gaza much harder than it has. They want Hamas and Gaza to pay the full price of the war which they initiated. A second ground operation in Gaza is only a few steps away, except this time Israel will extract a much bigger price from Hamas and Gaza.

      If the Posers in the picture want to avoid the next step in this war they should call upon their Hamas friends to put down their arms and surrender.

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      • Average American

        Pedro, why doesn’t Israel just occupy Gaza like it occupied the West Bank? Then no rockets. No tunnels. No Hamas. More room for Jews. It’s a win-win. Problem solved! Now add tourism to Gaza’s port, land development, commerce. The tanks are already there, alot has already been blown up, move in now and occupy. Why not?

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      • Eliza

        Pedro X The protesters are claiming only to speak for themselves. It is well understood that the overwhelming majority of Israelis support the IDF attack on Gaza; but this is nothing to boast about.

        As you are now aware there is no second ground offensive in Gaza. The cost in IDF life would be too high.

        Until and unless the people of Israel understand the limitations of military power and taste the bite of BDS, there will be no diplomatic solution. Why should Israel change its ways until it has to?

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    3. Scottish Chap

      Are there any details on the demonstration in Jerusalem by citizens from southern Israel? Any interviews from these people?

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    4. Tzila

      Bravo for the Israelis who defied the fascist atmosphere where they live and asked for the cease of fire and the end of the blockade,kol hakavod lahem!, but with USA’s veto and mostly Israeli’s “lethargy” the cycle that started or got worse in Juin 1967 will continue .

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