Thousands gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square; police let the protest go ahead after canceling it two hours before it was set to start; at least five anti-war protesters were attacked after the demonstration. Some 5,000 Israelis on Saturday evening protested the war in Gaza under the banner, "No more deaths - Israeli-Palestinian peace, now." The protest took place at Rabin Square in central Tel Aviv. +972′s full coverage of the war in Gaza Speakers included Hadash MK Dov Khenin, an Israeli and Palestinian veteran from the organization Combatants for Peace, and Yifat Solel, the head of the Meretz party's anti-occupation…Read More... | 58 Comments
Tel Aviv protest
The largest J14 protest this year ended without the arrests and police violence seen last week. Around 10,000 protesters marched in Tel Aviv yesterday (Saturday) in demand of social justice. This was the largest J14 protest this summer thus far, but it was a far cry from the size of similar rallies last year. Hundreds gathered in several other Israeli cities, including Haifa, Jerusalem and Afula. On the other hand, demonstrations last year also started out the same size after the first tent was erected on 14 July, and grew by the week – reaching half a million only in September.…Read More... | 8 Comments
Some 4,000 demonstrators clashed with police for more than four hours last night in the streets of Tel Aviv, blocking roads, smashing a few bank windows and besieging the local municipality. More than 80 were arrested in the most energetic and enraged J14 protest yet. All throughout the winter, Israelis wondered if the summer of protests would make a comeback this year, and some warned that the second time around would not be as "polite." Last night (Saturday) thousands took to the streets of Tel Aviv and proved that the struggle for social justice has not ended – and that…Read More... | 18 Comments
By: Liel Maghen and Aziz Abu Sarah It is a custom in Israel that people will forsake their social rights or economic demands in face of any security concerns and terror threats. The right wing in Israel had successfully presented security concerns as a justification to maintain the status quo on social issues. Thus, in the general public, the military budget cannot be questioned or even debated. Therefore, despite the new social movement claim to work on changing the priorities in Israel, they decided consciously to ignore the debate about security in order to keep the movement popular. Last week's…Read More...
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