March in Tel Aviv for peace, coexistence

Thousands in a joint march in Tel Aviv for peace and coexistence, Saturday, May 22, 2021. Photo: Standing Together

JVL Introduction

In Israel the spirit of co-existence for a joint future is kept alive by those who refuse to bow to ethno-nationalist hysteria.

This march was organised by “Standing Together” and “Breaking the Silence”, both joint Palestinian and Jewish Israeli movements.

In addition to the report below, you can find accounts of the march and rally here in Haaretz and the Times of Israel.

This article was originally published by the Jerusalem Post on Sat 22 May 2021. Read the original here.

Thousands of Jews and Arabs march in Tel Aviv for peace, coexistence

Protesters voiced support for the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and called on the government to take immediate action to reach peace with the Palestinians

Thousands of Israelis marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening in a show of support for peace and coexistence between Jews and Arabs amid two long weeks of intense violent riots waging across the country.

Protesters also voiced support for the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that came into effect early Friday, calling on the government to take immediate action to end Israeli occupation in the West Bank and to reach peace with the Palestinians.

The mass march was organized by the “Standing Together” and “Breaking the Silence” movements. It left Rabin Square in Tel Aviv and made its way toward Habima Square.

Speakers included well-known Israeli novelist and left-wing activist David Grossman, author ʻAwdah Bishārāt, Joint List leader Ayman Odeh and MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz).

“I hear politicians and security officials speak about another round of fighting in a few months or years, while being blind to the 7 million Palestinians living between the [Jordan] river and the [Mediterranean] sea,” Odeh said. “There are two peoples living here and both deserve the right for self-determination.”

Joint List leader Ayman Odeh speaks at Habima Square, Saturday, May 22, 2021

“These past few days have shown us how life in this country can look like – a nightmare,” Zandberg added. “We don’t want to start waiting for the next war, but to change direction toward peace – to live together in true partnership.”

A similar protest took place last Saturday at Habima Square, which was one of several protests attended by Jews and Arabs across the country that called for peace and for coexistence amid the nationwide riots and the military operation in Gaza.

Jews and Arabs gathered daily during Operation Guardians of the Walls on bridges and intersections along the country and protested against the ongoing violence.

Also on Saturday, hundreds gathered outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, calling on Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu to resign and blaming him for the escalation in Gaza and claiming that he deliberately extended the operation for no reason but personal interest.

Earlier Saturday, about 200 people marched along the streets of the mixed city of Jaffa, voicing support for coexistence between Arabs and Jews while visiting small local businesses.

Comments (3)

  • Allan Howard says:

    Ralph Nader:

    ‘Biden: End Your Co-Belligerent Backing of Israeli War Crimes’

    As Senator, Vice President, and now President, your self-promoted/displayed empathy has a problem. You can’t seem to connect the Israeli military powerhouse’s occupation to the oppression and destruction of innocent Palestinian civilians, illegal seizure of Palestinian land/water, and daily violations of U.S. and international law. Israel’s military is deliberately bombing these families, the offices of American media, international medical facilities, and many local hospitals and water and electricity facilities with fighter jets and missiles made in America……

    You are intimately aware of why Prime Minister Netanyahu timed and choreographed these bloody, brutal assaults. It is to position himself more successfully in forming a governing coalition of extremists to avoid a fifth election and ward off an ongoing prosecution for corruption by Israeli law enforcers. He provoked, for his political ambitions, the terrifying of the country he leads.

  • Al says:

    Great to see.

  • Sabine Ebert-Forbes says:

    This really gives hope. The issue now to strengthen alliance of peace loving groups to find a way to oust Nethanyahu from position of power.
    EU, UK, US better rethink their stance and actively condemn Nethanyahus crimes.

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