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
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.
Labels: Gaza, Hamas, Operation Protective Edge, Tel Aviv