The police say they want to ‚restore deterrence‘ after a wave of Jewish-Arab mob violence, but Arab leaders fear that political activists will be arrested too and that the police only act when Jews‘ safety is at stake
Hundreds of police officers entered Tel Aviv’s historically Arab suburb of Jaffa Tuesday as part of a nationwide crackdown on civilians suspected of having taken part in the recent racially motivated riots around the country.
At about 10:00 P.M., thousands of Jerusalem protesters started another march from the vicinity of the prime minister’s residence. Police tried to stop the march in the Mamila area, but demonstrators broke into a run and bypassed the roadblocks.
Meanwhile, about 1,000 people are taking part in a protest by the Movement for Quality Government at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square for the second week in a row, under the banner of „Corruption is leaping – the state is sinking,“ a play on the Hebrew word for submarine.
Some protesters accused Netanyahu of not condemning violence against them and also directed their ire at his coalition partner, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, for not taking a harsher stance against the violence.
„The fact that the Israeli prime minister has not once condemned the violence against the protesters is a green light for violence against citizens of the country,“ they said.
Demonstrators in Holon calling for the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were attacked and sprayed with tear gas by right-wing activists of the “La Familia” soccer fans organization, outlet N12 reported.
A Haaretz photographer, Tomer Appelbaum, was reportedly attacked with fists and kicking when arriving at the scene to document the rally, forcing him to flee.
At least 30 young people identified as members of La Familia, a group of far-right militants associated with the Betar Jerusalem football club, came to confront protesters assembled in a city square. They were wearing black shirts, waving Likud flags and carrying signs that read ‚A good leftist is a dead leftist‘ and ‚Leftists are traitors,‘ and cursing at protesters. According to police officers present at the scene, which were forced to call for reinforcements, they sprayed mace on the protesters.
Dozens of demonstrators took to the streets in Tel Aviv and more in dozens of other cities and towns across Israel, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down and protesting the government’s restrictions on demonstrations during Israel’s coronavirus lockdown.
Following reports of police violence directed at protesters on Saturday night, organizers are expecting a large turnout later on Tuesday evening.
Thousands of anti-government demonstrators took on Thursday to the streets across Israel, protesting the latest measures limiting the right to protest during the country’s second coronavirus lockdown.
Hundreds of Israelis marched in protest in Tel Aviv and Haifa on Thursday, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.
A wave of anti-Netanyahu protests has swept Israel over the summer, with the largest weekly demonstration taking place every Saturday night near the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem.
Anti-government protests set to take place in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Thursday evening will go ahead as scheduled hours after police asked Israel Supreme Court not to block the demonstrations.
The protest and march were approved by the Israel Police, which is present in large forces and says it will allow protest for all but „will not tolerate any disturbances of the public order.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Wednesday demanded the arrest of perpetrators of violent attacks on demonstrators calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
„They must be caught and brought to justice, the protest will not be silenced as long as we are here,“ he said.
According to demonstrators, police ignored their calls for help and only arrived at the scene later to break up the clashes. The attackers, whose identity is unknown and who pretended they are part of the anti-government protest, managed to flee the scene.
According to the demonstrators, police ignored their calls for help and, only later arriving at the scene to break up the clashes. The attackers, whose identity is unknown and who pretended they are part of the anti-government protest, managed to escape the scene.
The protest was organized by several groups, including the so-called Black Flags movement, which regularly protests outside the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhau’s official residence in Jerusalem.
The protests were not organized by a single, centralized organization, but were made up of a variety of different groups and young people who are unaffiliated with any particular movement.
A top official in Israel’s Health Ministry slammed a massive rally held in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening as a „health terror[ist] attack“ as a resurgent coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the country.
Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch (Likud party) expressed dismay over the event that saw more than 10,000 citizens in attendance, with protesters standing virtually shoulder to shoulder in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.
Self-employed from hospitality, tourism and arts industries stage apolitical protest in Tel Aviv ■ Five were arrested
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – With curbs reimposed, unemployment soaring past 20 percent and aid packages falling short of demands, many Israelis are angry about what they see as the government’s inept response to their economic woes. T
The protest is reportedly organized by NGOs representing self-employed Israelis, but it is expected to be attended by thousands of students, contract employees and business-owners who were financially impacted by the emergency regulations the first time around.
„The protesters do not intend to be nice,“ one of the organizers told the media outlet, adding that the demonstrators‘ plan for Saturday evening is „showing rage and blocking roads to make sure the protest will not be forgotten.“
Odeh and Sanders first met in February 2017, when the Odeh visited Washington to attend that year’s J Street conference.
„I tried to film the cops, and then they decided to arrest me,“ said photographer Tomer Appelbaum after the incident, which was captured on video. „One punched me, one kneed me and one shoved my head.“ Some of his equipment was damaged, he said.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed the rally via video conference, expressing his support for the protesters and condemnation of Israel’s annexation plans. The senator said that he was “heartened” to see Arabs and Jews demonstrating together.
An embassy worker found the body of Du Wei, 57, in his bed in a coastal suburb north of Tel Aviv, officials said.
The Israeli justice system has received eight complaints from good governance groups and lawmakers concerning the terms of the coalition agreement and the possibility of Netanyahu leading the government despite facing multiple indictments in a wide-ranging corruption investigation.
Expanded panel hears arguments Sunday on request that prime minister be disqualified over the criminal charges against him
The so-called „Black Flag“ protests were organized by the Movement for Quality Government under the slogan “Saving the court, saying no to corrupt government”. Protesters carried signs that read „We’re sick of corruption“ and „emergency government, corruption government“. At the mention of members of Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party the crowd booed and shouted, „Shame!“
Gegen das Regierungsbündnis wurden acht verschiedene Beschwerden bei Israels Oberstem Gerichtshof eingebracht.
More than 2,000 Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Sunday, demonstrating against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempts to form an “emergency” government with his chief rival and accusing him of using the coronavirus crisis to escape prosecution on corruption charges.
Some thousands of Israelis participated on Thursday night in a Tel Aviv demonstration against the interim government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the “loss of democracy.”
Protesters chanted „Bibi go home,“ and waved signs reading: „Netanyahu, let go already,“ „Netanyahu, you should quit“, and „The corrupt should go home“. MK Stav Shapir of the Democratic Camp, who was one of the organizers, said that protests will continue throughout the week in other cities as well, such as Be’er Sheva and Jerusalem.
The march was organized after a 17-year-old from the Arab city of Tamra was stabbed Friday afternoon, July 26, outside Tel Aviv’s Beit Dror shelter, after moving there to escape family pressure. According to the staff of Beit Dror, before collapsing the teenager identified the assailant as his brother.
Nach Medienberichten bemüht sich Netanjahu um ein Gesetz, mit dem das Parlament Entscheidungen des Höchsten Gerichtes aushebeln könnte. Damit will er demnach einer Strafverfolgung in mehreren Korruptionsfällen entgehen.
This year, 41 participates from from 41 countries will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Tel Aviv. First Semi-final on 14 May. Second Semi-final on 16 May. Grand Final on 18 May.
The US has already supplied the advanced missile system to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
US Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon will travel to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Nicosia, and Cairo starting Monday, November 11 to 20, the State Department announced on Friday.
During his trip, Fannon will be meeting with government officials and private sector representatives to discuss energy security and regional cooperation on energy issues.
Israeli airport security, long extolled for its success in preventing terrorism, seems to have another target recently: critics of Israel.
On Sunday, officers at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport pulled aside Peter Beinart, a liberal American Jewish journalist, after he landed and interrogated him about his political activities. Mr. Beinart, an author and CNN contributor, is known for his love of Israel as well as his vocal opposition to its occupation of Palestinian territory.
His case is not unique.
(12.8.2018) “We are not going to rest after this incredible protest,” Barekeh continued. “We are marking the beginning of the way and there is no way back until the law is rescinded. Our struggle will be here, a popular parliamentary and democratic struggle for Arabs as well as Jews.”
“I came to France from Morocco when I was 10 years old,” Eva Illouz told the crowd. “Although I was Jewish and from Morocco, I went to the same schools as the French, and my teachers gave me grades just like the French. I felt that I wasn’t defined by my origin or religion. As a girl I felt deep in my bones the meaning of living in a country where I am treated as an equal.”
One of the most significant threats to Jewish nationalism, as expressed in the nation-state law, is Arab representation in the Knesset, according to a portion of the Israeli population. So I tell you, the Arab citizen: Do not give the right-wing government a prize – despair and isolation. You all have the political power to reshape public discourse in Israel by participating in elections. Use it.
And to all the citizens of Israel, from every tribe, I call to join the struggle against the elimination of democracy, to develop an Israeli society, pluralistic and prosperous, with the participation of minorities in the economy and in politics.
Approximately 20-25 thousands people showed up in solidarity against the law, a number in which Agbariyah expressed disappointment.
“I expect that out of a million-and-a-half Arab citizens, at least 200,000 should turn up. It is unacceptable if we don’t manage to bring the Arab public to this protest,” Agbariyah complained. “Arab Knesset MKs have to get the crowds into the street. Committees, mayors of mixed cities, mayors of Arab cities—everyone should be uniting as one.”
Tens of thousands of demonstrators protesting the nation-state law gathered in Tel Aviv Saturday night in the wake of last week’s mass march, which drew tens of thousands of Israelis to protest in solidarity with the country’s Druze community.
Demonstrators marched from Rabin Square to the plaza of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which began at 8:00 P.M. Protesters gathered at Rabin Square. A rally under the name „Abolish Nation-state Law – Yes to Equality“ took place after the march.
Arab Israelis gather in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday, August 11, to demonstrate against the new Jewish nation-state law.
The demonstration called for Saturday night in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, which represents Israel’s Arab community, is the most important of all the protests that have taken place against the nation-state law. It’s also one of the most important demonstrations in Israel in the past several years.
No minority in Israel suffers as much discrimination as the Arab minority, which is also Israel’s largest minority. It is frequently the target of normalized, institutionalized racism.
„In 15 Jahren von politischem Aktivismus, und rund acht Jahren als ein Journalist, kann ich mich nicht an eine Zeit erinnern, an der Menschen um mich so angsterfüllt waren ihre Meinung zu sagen. Jedenfalls nicht Juden, und definitiv nicht in Tel Aviv“.
Haggai Matar, Jewish Daily Forward, 21. Juni 2014
„Ich lese ihnen einmal vor, was Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz, ein entschiedener Gegner der Besatzung, 1968 geschrieben hat, ein Jahr nach dem Sechs-Tage-Krieg: ´Ein Staat, der über eine feindliche Bevölkerung mit Millionen Fremden herrscht, wird notgedrungen zu einem Geheimdienststaat, mit allen Folgen für die Erziehung, die Rede und Meinungsfreiheit und die Demokratie. Die für jedes Kolonialsystem typische Korruption wird auch Israel erfassen. Die Verwaltung wird arabische Aufstandsbewegungen unterdrücken und sich arabische Quislinge und Verräter heranziehen.´ Was halten Sie von dieser Prophezeihung in Hinblick auf den Staat Israel heute?“
„Ich stimme dem Wort für Wort zu.“
„Geht es etwas genauer?“
„Wozu? Jedes Wort das er geschrieben hat, ist in Fels gehauen.“
Ex-Elitesoldat der israelischen Streitkräfte Dror Moreh, Regisseur und Fragesteller, und Yuval Diskin, ehemaliger Leiter des Inlandsgeheimdienstes Shin Bet, in „The Gatekeepers“ („Töte zuerst“).
„Warum haben Sie sich dafür entschieden, mit Leuten vom Geheimdienst zu sprechen und nicht mit Politikern?“
„Weil niemand Politikern traut. Politiker würden ihre Mutter verkaufen, um eine Stimme zu bekommen.“
Dror Moreh zu seiner Dokumentation „The Gatekeepers“ im Interview mit der „Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung“.
Seit Jahren emigrieren Israelis in die Stadt, die der Berliner Republik ihren Namen gibt. Dafür gibt es einen Grund. Dieser Staat und seine Regierung sind es nicht. Als sich ihr Kollege Yair Lapid, seines Zeichens glorreicher Finanzminister, im Oktober 2013 lauthals über die Flucht gerade junger und kreativer Israelis nach Berlin beschwerte, entblödete sich der Botschafter der Merkel-Steinmeier-Regierung nicht, sich zu entschuldigen und zu behaupten, diese quasi-Abtrünnigen würden ja Deutschland bald wieder verlassen.
Hundreds of Israeli protesters gathered outside the headquarters of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party in Tel Aviv on Sunday, to protest Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters after 16 protesters were killed and over 1,400 injured.