Israeli Police Try to Shut Down Another Huge Tel Aviv Peace Protest11/08/2014 12:45
This weekend, another wave of peace protests swept over Israel. Saturday night saw Habima Square in Tel Aviv filled with activists demanding that the War on Gaza’s civilians be brought to an immediate end.
The call against the military incursion in the Gaza Strip could hardly be swept under the rug, as these Israeli peace protests continue to gain momentum every week. But police once again tried to break up this peaceful rally, declaring it an “illegal gathering.”
The crowd refused to disperse, but after police arrested fourteen protesters, the mass broke into several smaller groups, which took to the streets and continued to protest individually, so that police would be spread too thin, and unable to arrest them all.
The splinter marches continued along the central streets of Dizengoff and King George, and finally to Gan Meir park, where the demonstration continued, reunited again.
The protest was organized by the Da’am Workers Party, which brought extra signs with them for those who joined in off the streets of Tel Aviv, unaware that a protest had been scheduled. As more and more Israeli citizens become aware of the frequency and size of these protests, demonstrators on the ground tell us that they are seeing increasing numbers of “walk in” protesters join the demonstrations on a moment’s notice.
Protestors carried signs condemning the Israel military’s attack on the Gaza Strip and the almost exclusively civilian casualties. They did not make any exceptions in condemning Hamas as well, saying that the Israel Defense Forces, and Hamas were two sides of the same coin, in their actions against civilians.