Thousands High Schoolers Protest in Tel Aviv against Far-Right Gov’t

Thousands of high school students went on strike in Israel on Sunday in protest against far-right government. In Tel-Aviv thousands school students marched up Rothschild Boulevard to Habima Square, waving signs reading, “Equal rights to people from the fringes too,” “Shame that schoolkids have to shout,”  “Fighting for our future,”, “Not in our school,” “Students for democracy.” and “My education system has room for all.” In addition, Young Communist League activists wave signs in Hebrew and Arabic reading “Democracy for all” and “Fascism shall not pass.” Some far-right 20 students held a pro-government rally at Habima Square, calling out “Bibi king of Israel,” and “Jewish blood is not for nothing.”

Thousand’s school students marching up Rothschild Boulevard to Habima Square, Tel-Aviv, January 29, 2023 (Photo: Zo Haderech)

Most of the students who took part in the protest attend the public high schools: Daled, Hey, Alef, Yud Daled, Tichon Hadash, Open Democratic School in Yafo, Tichonet, the Tel Aviv Democratic Open School, and the Thelma Yellin school for the arts in Givataim. Other rallies were held at Katzenelson High School in Kfar Saba, Leyada – The Hebrew University Secondary School in Jerusalem, De Shalit High School in Rehovot, Shchafim School for Special Education in Netanya, and Shitim Darca High School in Sapir.

The Education Ministry distributed a reminder last week to principals throughout the country, emphasizing “that allowing political gatherings and encouraging protest during school hours violate the instructions of the director’s circular.”

On last Saturday over 70,000 people protested in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa against the government. Last week, hundreds of workers in the tech sector blocked roads in central Tel Aviv as they held a one-hour strike in protest of the government’s plans. Tomorrow (Tuesday) high-tech workers will attend 16 demonstrations to be held around the country at Tel-Aviv, Ramat Gan, Herzliya Pituach, Haifa, Caesarea, Ra’anana, Hod HaSharon, Airport City, Kfar Sava, Petah Tikva, Yavne, Yokneam, Jerusalem, Netanya and the Silicon Valley in the United States.