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Thousands rally in Tel Aviv against ‘racist’ Israeli state and home demolitions

Thousands rallied in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Saturday evening in protest of home demolitions targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel, with demonstrators calling the Israeli state’s demolition campaign “racist” and an act of “incitement” against Palestinian citizens.

Protesters reportedly called on Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan to resign for “lying” to the Israeli public, saying they held him responsible for the killings that took place during a raid to evacuate the Negev region Bedouin community of Umm al-Hiran last month.

Local math teacher in Umm al-Hiran Yacoub Abu al-Qian was shot dead on January 18th by police before Israeli authorities demolishes more than a dozen structures in the village, with authorities claiming he was carrying out a deliberate vehicular attack, in contradiction to numerous eyewitness reports and video evidence that attested his car spun out of control only after Israeli police opened fired on him.

Some 5,000 Palestinian and Jewish citizens joined the march Saturday night, travelling from Jerusalem and across Israel to protest the demolitions and the Israeli state’s discriminatory policies against Palestinian citizens in general.

Members of a local committee from Umm al-Hiran also participated, with at least four busloads of Palestinian and Jewish citizens from the Negev arriving to join the rally.

Demonstrators raised posters in Arabic and Hebrew, including the slogans: “When the government is against the people, the people will be against the government,” “Enough of the government’s racism…we demand equality,” and “Jewish and Arabs together, we fight fascism.”

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  • Mike Abramov

    Please note the following error;
    ‘Palestinian citizens of Israel, ‘

    As much as I care for anyone that loses their home due to circumstances beyond their control, the Palestinians cannot have it both ways. You are either an Israeli Arab, where you are an Israeli citizen or, you are a Palestinian Arab who is not a citizen of Israeli citizen.

    What is so important about this demonstration is the ‘right to demonstrate’. In may countries that has a degree of civil strife, the water canons and guards would have dispersed the crowds.

    • mythJim Meeks

      In Israel they disperse the crowd with live ammunition.

      • Mike Abramov

        Do they? Rubber bullets are shot in the air as a warning while the demonstrators throw rocks and stones. If this does not work, they use the rubber bullets on the crow….just like the British in N.Ireland in the 1980s.

        However, this demo was peaceful

  • Vinegar Hill

    This is good news to see both Palestinians and Israelis take to the streets to denounce the brutality and racism of the Israeli governmentr. We need lots more protests and hopefully they will become world news and show people what an uttrly rogue state Israel is which hides under the pretence of a democracy.

    • James Mendelsohn

      Democracies allow protests. Tyrants don’t.

      • mythJim Meeks

        America allows protests and they are an Oligarchy not a Democracy. Israel is no more a Democracy than South Africa was under Apartheid. In fact Israel is an Apartheid state.

        • James Mendelsohn

          An apartheid state whose Arab citizens vote, serve in the army, serve as MPs/diplomats/judges?

          • mythJim Meeks

            Separate roads, separate housing, armed home invasions and seizure of homes and land, illegal arrests and illegal detention of juveniles who are then tortured according to a U.N. report etc. It is as if Zionists have their own form of logic where black is white, bad is good, night is day and human rights abuses are equality.

          • James Mendelsohn

            That is the West Bank, not Israel proper, and the correct analogy is with a military occupation not with apartheid. And before you ask, I do not support the settlements and I do support an end to the occupation through a negotiated peace agreement.

        • james cormack

          In what way?

  • Johnny Kareem Gagnon

    Many countries and nations are completely sequestered under a political globalized hostage taking …. conditioned by an ancient-antiquated agendas in fascist covert tyranny dictatorship ….. protruding out of the dark ages …. dissimulating themselves into different formats and forms …. in variations of religious , political and social factions ….. blanketing themselves , infiltrating and preying upon the humanity of the planet …… today the power they have acquired over time , now transforms humans into little insignificant insects

  • Johnny Kareem Gagnon

    Many countries and nations are completely sequestered under a political globalized hostage taking …. conditioned by an ancient-antiquated agendas in fascist covert tyranny dictatorship ….. protruding out of the dark ages …. dissimulating themselves into different formats and forms …. in variations of religious , political and social factions ….. blanketing themselves , infiltrating and preying upon the humanity of the planet …… today the power they have acquired over time , now transforms humans into little insignificant insects

    • James Mendelsohn

      Could you perhaps explain what you mean in plain English?

  • Helen4Yemen

    1. Does the term ‘apartheid’ fit Israel? Of course it does.
    Los Angeles Times May 17, 2014

    2. It’s Time to Admit It. Israeli Policy Is What It Is: Apartheid
    Haaretz Aug 17, 2015

    3.Israeli Apartheid ‘Much Worse’ Than South Africa
    Noam Chomsky – Aug 25, 2015

    4. Veteran South African activist Denis Goldberg Israel ‘an apartheid state’
    Middleeastmonitor Jul 28, 2015

    5. The tribulations of being an Ethiopian Jew
    IRSN 9 February 2012

    6. Under Israeli Apartheid, Palestinians Cannot Ride Israeli Buses
    Counterpunch OCTOBER 28, 2014

    7. Israel an apartheid state? A majority of Jews say yes!
    RT .com

    8. Apartheid in the Holy Land Desmond Tutu
    The Guardian April 28, 2002

    • Mike Abramov

      What does Apartheid mean?
      Point No. 6 is highly questionable.