Tel Aviv: Left-wing activists protest latest escalation on Gaza border

Protesters condemned Friday's killing of 17 Palestinian protesters and held up signs calling on the Israeli government to promote peace talks.
An illustrative photo of a left-wing protest Photo credit: Wisam Hashlamoun, Flash 90

Over 500 left-wing activists gathered in Tel Aviv on Sunday to protest the latest escalation on the Gaza border, calling on the Israeli government to promote peace talks with the Palestinians.

In a Facebook post ahead of the demonstration, the organizers wrote, "Last weekend we saw what the next war might look like. ... Over 15 Palestinians killed and thousands injured, more pain, more fear, more hate and zero progress toward a life of peace and security for the people who live on both sides of the border."

"Both the Israelis and the Palestinians deserve to live in security," they added, "and for that to happen, the siege of the Gaza Strip must be removed now."

MK Aida Touma-Suleiman of the Joint Arab List, who spoke at the demonstration, accused the government of conducting a "massacre." "As our Jewish friends were preparing to celebrate the holiday of freedom, Gazans went out to look for their own freedom," she said.

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