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Thousands of left-wing Israelis stage anti-war demo
Published Sunday 17/08/2014 (updated) 19/08/2014 11:34
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Demonstrators hold up placards reading in Hebrew: "One justice for
all" (L) and "when there is no peace war comes" as thousands of
Israelis protest during a left-wing peace rally in the coastal city of Tel
Aviv on August 16, 2014 (AFP Gali Tibbon)
TEL AVIV (AFP) -- Thousands of Israeli supporters of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority to end the Gaza offensive demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

The pro-peace protest was the largest in Israel since it launched operation Protective Edge on July 8, an assault that has seen at least 1,980 Palestinian deaths and 67 on the Israeli side.

It was organized by the opposition left-wing Meretz party and Peace Now, a group opposed to Jewish settlement building on occupied territory, and the communist Hadash party.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were Saturday to resume indirect talks with Egyptian mediators on reaching a more permanent ceasefire before a current truce expires at midnight on Monday.

Demonstrators denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, accusing it of refusing to negotiate with Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas.

"All Netanyahu's government has done is weaken Abbas and strengthen Hamas," Meretz MP Nitzan Horowitz said.

Party chief Zehava Galon called on Netanyahu to resign. "He has failed, both for security and for peace -- he must go," he said.

Writer David Grossman said Israel must "make peace with the Palestinian Authority and negotiate with the Palestinian unity government."

He was referring to the government of independent experts formed in early June following a reconciliation deal between Hamas and Abbas' PLO.

However, Netanyahu has refused any discussion with the unity government, accusing it of having links with Hamas, which Israel brands a terrorist organisation.

Police were deployed in force Saturday night in Tel Aviv's Yitzhak Rabin Square to prevent trouble with counter-demonstrators from the right wing.

On Thursday, the same venue hosted a demonstration by around 10,000 Israelis, supportive of the military operation, urging the government and the army to end rocket attacks from Gaza once and for all.
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1 ) Farid / Malaysia
17/08/2014 11:43
A small minority of sane right thinking Jews in an entity full of Zionist extremists. What about calling the land by the ancient name Palestine where Muslims & Jews can live together peacefully as equals.

2 ) Jeff / USA
17/08/2014 16:24
Agree with you, Farid. Jews, Muslims and Christians had lived together there peacefully for many years, up until the point when Zionists needed to create artificial hostilities as a smokescreen to further their twisted and inhumane agenda. It's very sad, as I have personally visited the West Bank multiple times and have met some of the nicest, most hospitable people in the Palestinians, who are being treated like dirt by Israelis. I hope and pray for justice one day.

3 ) Mel / USA
17/08/2014 17:05
#1:Farid: Well said: And BRAVO Israeli Lefties-the ONLY vestige of HUMAN SANITY,common-sense "left"in extreme-far-right(abyss)occupying Israel(what a waste of a gift).Get rid of extremist,Absolutist,Puritanical Zionism & Muslims,Christian,Jews,atheists can co-exist in peace as before!
In the face of, & compared to, Israeli-Jewish-Zionist occupation I am "Proud to be Smolinim!" Better than faecal Judeo-Fascism! Israel & PALESTINE deserve better!

4 ) JoeFattal / USA
17/08/2014 17:39
The demonstration in Tel-Aviv was not of their love to Palestinians, but to insure Israel independence from Palestine. The irony is in 1948 Israel create their State of Israel, and in 2014 Israel is still not an independent State as long as Palestine is not one.

5 ) Pedant / Pakistan
17/08/2014 18:56
@1 That won't work. The Jews wont lay down and die. And because the Muslims want to throw the Jews into the sea.

6 ) Outlier / USA
17/08/2014 21:34
Article speaks to the freedoms in Israel. Consider the likely response if a similar anti-war protest began in Gaza.

7 ) Farid / Malaysia
19/08/2014 12:41
All they ask is for the crippling siege to be lifted & to live as decent human beings. They're not asking for the life of luxury like in Tel Aviv. They're asking basic human rights as enshrined in the UN charter. If the Zionist entity is so scared of arms being brought into Gaza let the UN monitor all entry points into Gaza. Is that so difficult for the Zionist entity to accept? Or is the complete annihilation of Gaza as espoused by the twisted minds of some of the Zionist ministers is easier.

8 ) gerrit / germany
19/08/2014 13:00
I'm proud to live in a country that is friendlier to palestinians than israel. and sad to say this.
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