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PHOTOS: Hundreds block Tel Aviv traffic to protest gender violence

Thousands of women demonstrate across Israel against gender violence and the police’s unwillingness to fight it.

Over 1,000 women and men gather in Tel Aviv's Habima Square to protest violence against women, July 17, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Over 1,000 women and men gather in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square to protest violence against women, July 17, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Over 1,000 women and men demonstrated in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square on Saturday night following the murder of four women by their family members over the past week.

Protesters covered in fake blood protest against the murder of four women in Israel over the past week, central Tel Aviv, July 17, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Protesters covered in fake blood protest against the murder of four women in Israel over the past week, central Tel Aviv, July 17, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

The protesters, who directed much of their anger at Israeli police’s inability or unwillingness to bring the perpetrators to justice, chanted slogans such as “twenty women a year — where is the state?” “Bibi, Bibi, wake up — the blood of women is not cheap,” and called for a “women’s intifada.” Fourteen women have been murdered by spouses or family members in Israel since the beginning of the year.

Over 1,000 women and men gather in Tel Aviv's Habima Square to protest violence against women, July 17, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Over 1,000 women and men gather in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square to protest violence against women, July 17, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

The rally in Tel Aviv, which was organized by the “Tizkor” movement, included speeches by victims of gender violence, including Michal Greenwald, whose father murdered her mother. +972 Magazine and Local Call blogger Samah Salaime also spoke to the crowd about the connection between women’s struggles against violence, the police turning a blind eye to murders in Arab society, the illegal weapons that make their way from security forces to the streets, and called on protesters to burn tires rather than light remembrance candles.

Dozens of women block traffic on Rothschild Boulevard to protest violence against women, central Tel Aviv, July 17, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Dozens of women block traffic on Rothschild Boulevard to protest violence against women, central Tel Aviv, July 17, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

A representative from the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) also spoke, but quickly left the stage after being heckled by a group of Mizrahi feminist activists. WIZO was said to be heavily involved in the disappearance of hundreds of Yemenite babies in the first years of the state.

Dozens of women march through central Tel Aviv to protest violence against women, central Tel Aviv, July 17, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Dozens of women march through central Tel Aviv to protest violence against women, central Tel Aviv, July 17, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

At the end of the rally, dozens of activists blocked traffic on Rothschild Boulevard. The police informed the protesters that they were partaking in an illegal demonstration, but were outnumbered by hundreds of other demonstrators who joined and spontaneously began marching through the streets of central Tel Aviv. The police eventually gave up on trying to disperse the protest and allowed the march to continue for over an hour.

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    1. Itshak Gordin Halevy

      Why didn’t they ask the authorization before making the demonstration? Everybody must respect the law.

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      • Joshua Fisher

        “Everybody must respect the law.”

        Yeah. Then why don’t you get the hell out of occupied territories, settler fascist.

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        • Itshak Gordin Halevy

          Irrelevant. Insults to hide the luck of knowledge. Judea and Samaria are part of the heritage of the Jewish people. They have been annexed by the Kingdom of Jordan in the 50s. Nobody except Pakistan and the GB recognized this annexation. There has never been any “Palestinian” state in the history. It seems that you do not like the Jewish people or you that ignore the Jewish history.

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    2. Itshak Gordin Halevy

      Most of the murdered women in Israel are Arabs killed by members of their family.

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      • Mark

        Certainly a question I have been asking myself but no information in this article, nor the one which was published just a few days ago.

        My guess is that Michal Greenwald is not part of the Arab sector, nor any indication about what happened to her father, the culprit.

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