Professional-peace protestors arrested at Jerusalem Jewish-Arab solidarity occasion

2021-05-16 04:11:14

No less than six individuals have been arrested at a joint Jewish-Arab demonstration in Jerusalem on Saturday night.

The protest, organized by the “Standing Collectively” group, was an anti-violence demonstration targeted on Jewish-Arab solidarity, and was one in every of a number of such occasions going down throughout the nation immediately.

Israel Police tried to disperse the demonstration earlier than it started, citing concern of violence from right-wing teams as their motive for doing so. The protest went forward nonetheless, surrounded by heavy police presence.

An estimated 120 individuals gathered in Zion Sq. in Central Jerusalem however earlier than they may start marching they have been instructed by the police that their protest was unlawful and due to this fact couldn’t go forward. After a short time the problem was resolved they usually have been allowed to proceed on their authorised route.Over 120 protestors gathered in Jerusalem in a show of Jewish-Arab solidarity, May 15th 2021. (Credit: Eve Young)Over 120 protestors gathered in Jerusalem in a present of Jewish-Arab solidarity, Could fifteenth 2021. (Credit score: Eve Younger)

Regardless of a small counter-protest going down on the alternative facet of the road, police remained near the demonstrators, and based on accounts from attendees, used intimidation techniques to try to disperse the gang.

“Police have been driving on horseback all through the gang,” stated one attendee. “They surrounded one individual fully, and commenced arresting individuals.”

“The Israel Police is solely a shame. As a substitute of guarding us, it repeatedly acts violently in opposition to demonstrators, and relating to Palestinians who’re residents of Israel, it doesn’t even chorus from reside weapons,” learn the assertion on the Standing Collectively Twitter account.

Within the heart of the nation, an estimated 1,000 individuals attended the Standing Collectively protest in Tel Aviv regardless of heavy rocket fireplace earlier within the day.

Demonstrators in Tel Aviv are seen holding signs advocating for equality for all and an end to the ongoing military operation in Gaz, May 15th 2021. (Credit: Omdim Beyachad)Demonstrators in Tel Aviv are seen holding indicators advocating for equality for all and an finish to the continued navy operation in Gaz, Could fifteenth 2021. (Credit score: Omdim Beyachad)
The protests have been attended by Joint Checklist chairman MK Ayman Odeh, Labor MK Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin, and Meretz MK Mossi Raz.

“We’re right here the proof that the battle will not be a individuals for a individuals, not a faith for a faith. The battle is political, between those that need occupation and supremacy and people who need peace and equality,” stated Odeh.

His sentiments have been echoed by MK Mara’ana-Menuhin who stated: “The struggle right here will not be between Arabs and Jews. That is the struggle of males who need to management our lives. Extra destruction, extra widowed girls. We refuse to proceed on this manner. I ask you to not lose hope.”

Each the protests in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv targeted on the assumption that Israelis and Palestinians can reside collectively in peace, with indicators proclaiming “in Gaza and Sderot, youngsters need to reside,” and chants of “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.” The demonstrations have been praised by Rula Daooud, co-director of the group. She expressed her unhappiness for the violence that has taken over her metropolis of Lod, and different combined inhabitants cities, in current days, and acknowledged that the scenario was tough for Arabs and Jews alike. She concluded saying: “All of us need to elevate our youngsters in a spot that’s equal for everybody. And immediately we’re not at that place, however we’ll proceed the combat, nothing will divide us.”

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