Far-Right Pressured Knesset Speaker to Cancel Meeting on Palestine, Demonstration in Tel-Aviv

Far-right organization B’Tsalmo appealed to the Knesset Speaker, MK Amir Ohana (Likud) demanding to cancel a meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday under the title “Conference on Recognition of the State of Palestine.” The event initiator, MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash), said it is an event that “will address the legal and political implications and the importance of recognizing the State of Palestine in the current reality.”

MK Touma-Sliman (first from right) alongside Arab and Jewish students, members of Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel during a rally marking the Palestinian Nakba anniversary at the Tel Aviv University on May 15, 2024 (Photo: Zo Haderech)

“We immediately demand from the Knesset Speaker to use his authority as speaker and announce the cancellation of the conference.  MK Aida Touma-Sliman can hold a similar conference in the parliament in Ramallah, in Qatar, and in any other country in the world,” said B’Tsalmo CEO, Shai Glick, 

According to MK Touma-Sliman, “The event will feature representatives from human rights organizations and academics who will present the political and legal situation in the Palestinian occupied territories and within Israel, marking 57 years of occupation.” After presentations by the different organizations, there will be a discussion between MKs, activists and guests regarding the future of the struggle against the war in Gaza, ongoing occupation of the Palestinian territories and for a just peace. 

A protest against war in Gaza and to commemorate 57 years of occupation will be held by Paternship for Peace next Saturday, June 8, at 5 p.m. at Meir Square in Tel-Aviv in front of the far-right Likud headquarters. Thousands of protesters would participate in the protest lead by the Communist Party of Israel, the Young Communist League of Israel and Hadash (the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality) and sponsored by a large number of peace and human rights organizations, among them: Combatants for Peace, Yesh Gvul, Mesarvot, Mothers Against Violence, Peace Now, Standing Together, Physicians for Human Rights, Gisha, The Public Committee Against Torture, Amnesty Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, Social Workers for Peace, Academy for Equality, Ir Amim, Bimkom – Planners for Human Rights, Mizrahi Civic Movement, Machsom Watch and Breaking the Silence.