14 arrested during anti-war protest in Tel Aviv
August 3, 2014
Several hundred people rallied Saturday night at Habima Square in Tel Aviv against the military operation in the Gaza Strip. The crowd dispersed after the police arrested fourteen protesters, but continued to protest at several other places nearby.
Participants in the protest, which was organized by the Da’am Workers Party, carried signs condemning the continued military action in the Gaza Strip and civilian casualties, as well as condemning Hamas strikes against Israel.
Protesters were pushed back by rows of police to a nearby street, but refused to move further and blocked it. When the protestors refused to be silent, the police began making arrests.
Protesters then continued on foot along the central streets of Dizengoff and King George. A police contingent accompanied them, and in coordination with the rally’s organizers, directed them to the Gan Meir park, where the demonstration continued.
The right-wing demonstrators usually seen attempting to disrupt rallies against the Gaza operation were hardly present at Saturday’s demonstration.
Organizers of a larger rally called Strengthening the IDF and Democracy canceled their event after learning that protest groups were planning to disrupt it. The rally was to be attended by groups such as the right-wing Im Tirtzu.
Yes. As much as we need Palestinians rising up, as much as we need global action against Israel, we also need Israelis resisting the actions of their government. It’s not enough to talk at your tables about how much you hate Bibi, it’s time to refuse the IDF draft and take to the streets.