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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Protest by 'thousands' in Tel Aviv broken up by Hamas rockets

Is it just me, or when you see a headline that says that 'thousands' of people came out to protest something, do you also envision tens or even hundreds of thousands of people? The headline of this JPost story is Thousands gather in Tel Aviv to protest 19-day offensive in Gaza, but when you read the article, you find out that the 'thousands' were less than three thousand. And the rally itself was broken up by Hamas rockets shortly after 8:00 pm, when the 12-hour cease fire that was in effect on Saturday (which Israel had agreed to extend for an additional four hours) expired. This is from the first link.
Nearly 3,000 people gathered at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Saturday evening to protest against Israel's military offensive in Gaza which is now in its nineteenth day.

In another part of the city square, a counter protest was organized by right wing demonstrators.

There was a large police presence at the rally, including mounted police, who were separating the two sides. Border Police units deployed to the area kept the right wing protestors behind barricades to prevent confrontation.

Police cleared protestors from blocking area streets and arrested five right-wing counter protestors.

During the protest, rocket attacks from Gaza resumed, as sirens were heard in southern and central Israel. The police ordered that the crowds end their protests because of the renewed rocket barrages.

This week's events come just a week after Tel Aviv's Habima Square saw hundreds of protestors rallying for and against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. The July 19th protest turned violent when right-wing activists hurled eggs and water bottles at those calling for Israel to get out of Gaza.
Most of the country is very much in favor of the war. 

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At 11:34 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I think you'll find that most f the 'almost three thousand' who protested this evening in Tel Aviv also supported the war, only they were protesting against the high number of civilians killed in the process.
It should be possible, even in Israel, to protest against the needless killing of civilians without necessarily being a Hamas simpathiser.
I think everyone understands that in order to effectively fight a terrorist guerrilla organisation, there will be some measure of civilian victims. It is the scale of civilian death and destruction that should be taken very seriously. The IDF is clever enough to understand this and able to identify the impact this has on the eyes of the world.


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