Even though the protesters were peaceful, and even though almost no right-wing protesters and street thugs showed up to attack them, police arrested 14 anti-war protesters, causing the protest to scatter to several other nearby locations. Police claimed they broke up the rally because it lacked a permit and out of “concern” for the safety of the protesters.
Police Break Up Peaceful Anti-War Protest In Tel Aviv, Arrest 14
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A few hundred anti-war protesters in Habima Square in Tel Aviv refused to leave after the police declared the protest an illegal gathering.
And even though the protesters were peaceful, and even though almost no right-wing protesters and street thugs showed up to attack them, police arrested 14 anti-war protesters, causing the protest to scatter to several other nearby locations, Ha’aretz reported. Police claimed they broke up the rally because it lacked a permit and out of “concern” for the safety of the protesters.
The anti-war protesters protested both continued Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip and the resulting civilian casualties that ensues, as well as Hamas attacks against Israel.
Protesters were pushed backward by rows of police until they were forced back to a nearby street.
The protesters refused to move further.
Police warned them several times that the gathering was illegal.
And when protesters refused to leave, police started making arrests.
The remaining protesters walked on Dizengoff and King George with police accompanying them.
Then, “in coordination with the rally’s organizers, directed them to the Gan Meir park, where the demonstration continued uneventfully,” Ha’aretz reported.
Meanwhile, a larger rally called “Strengthening the IDF and Democracy” was canceled by organizers after they found out that extremist groups were planning to disrupt it.
The rally was especially controversial because two generally left-wing organizations – the Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism and the Dror Israel Movement – agreed to participate with the right-wing neo-fascist Im Tirtzu organization, which conducts witch hunts in Israeli universities to root out leftist academics.
The head of the Reform Movement in Israel, Rabbi Gilad Kariv, defended participating with Im Tirtzu and said he and his organization were “deeply disappointed by the threatening tone coming from senior members of [the left-ing] Meretz [Party].”
In a benefit for Zionist Orthodox and haredim, Kariv’s partnering with Im Tirtzu will likely cause much of Israel’s left-wing to stop caring very much, if at all, about his group’s agenda.