Protests in Israel Oppose Deadly Gaza War

Protests were held in several locations across Israel on Saturday against the Israel Defense Forces’ deadly operation ongoing in Gaza, launched a day earlier. Protests were held in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Shefa-amr, Umm el-Fahm, Sakhnin, Rahat, Kufr Yasif, Jaffa, Taibe and opposite the house of Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Tel Aviv.

Hundreds gathered opposite the headquarters of the Israeli army in central Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, August 6, 2022, to rally against the military escalation in Gaza. (Photo: Zo Haderech)

At a protest in Haifa, Joint List chairman MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) said: “A round [of fighting] brings another round, more killing and more resistance. The circle of horror needs to stop. We came out to protest together for the only way that will benefit both nations – real negotiations to end the occupation, founding a Palestinian state alongside Israel and a just peace.”

Communist Party of Israel General Secretary, Adel Amer, MK Aida Touma-Sliman, MK Ofer Cassif (Joint List) and former MK Dov Khenin also joined the protests. Touma-Sliman said, “Stop the attack on Gaza! Continuing the war on Gaza will only lead to more suffering and casualties.” “An immediate ceasefire is necessary – those who started it with a political decision should end it with a political decision. Only a diplomatic solution and an end to the occupation and siege will bring true security,” she said.

On Friday and earlier on Saturday, Hadash MKs condemned Israel’s decision to launch the operation. MK Cassif (Joint List), wrote on Twitter: “The barter attack – blood for votes. The cynical use of violence by Lapid and Gantz in the hope of getting more mandates in the election will only lead to a sea of tears and blood, in the Gaza ghetto, where two million people have been imprisoned for 15 years, and also in Israel”. “The attack has already claimed the life of 5-year-old Alaa Kadum. Enough! Stop the fire now!”, he wrote.