Peace activists have taken half in a protest in Israel’s third-largest metropolis, Haifa, demanding a ceasefire within the warfare on Gaza and the trade of captives and prisoners between Hamas and Israel.
“That is the primary time we’re seeing this protest occur within the north,” mentioned Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Haifa on Saturday.
“It’s a protest with Israeli Jews and Palestinian Israelis, and it’s important due to the 2 coming collectively.
“The message right here is to finish the warfare and that they will solely stay peacefully facet by facet with a political resolution for the Palestinians,” she mentioned.
Omri Evron, a member of the Communist Occasion of Israel, who helped organise the anti-war protest, spoke to Al Jazeera in regards to the message the protesters had been hoping to convey.
“The killing of 1000’s and 1000’s of Palestinians, the overwhelming majority of whom are harmless civilians, is just not solely reprehensible, it doesn’t serve the safety of the folks of Israel. It doesn’t convey us safety, it solely ensures the subsequent bloodbath, the subsequent cycle of violence,” he mentioned.
“At present, they [the protestors] are chanting “refuse to kill, refuse to struggle, refuse to homicide” – that is our name.”
Evron admitted there have been difficulties in organising a protest of this type.
“It has been tough, not as a result of there aren’t Jews and Arabs who need to come collectively who imagine in a joint way forward for peace and equality and nationwide liberation of each folks in two states,” he defined.
“It has been tough as a result of the federal government and the police particularly have completed every thing of their energy to forestall us from coming collectively, to forestall us from voicing a lawful and peaceable voice. We needed to enchantment to the Supreme Court docket of Justice simply to permit us to return collectively and reveal.”
Al Jazeera’s Dekker mentioned the protesters weren’t allowed to march, and officers mentioned the protest couldn’t be held at night time. However a number of hundred folks had been lastly capable of collect for 2 hours in the course of the day.