Thousands attend a protest against Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank, at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on June 6, 2020.
Annexation is War Crime; Annexation is Apartheid – leaders of left parties told the cheering protesters.
Tel Aviv: Thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv Saturday evening to protest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to begin annexing parts of the West Bank next month, Times of Israel reported on Sunday.
The demonstration was organized by the left-wing Meretz party and the communist Hadash faction of the majority-Arab Joint List, along with several other left-wing rights groups.
MK Nitzan Horowitz, the head of Meretz, told the crowd that annexation would be a “war crime” and would cost Israel millions as the economy is already reeling due to the pandemic.
“We cannot replace an occupation of dozens of years with an apartheid that will last forever,” shouted a hoarse Horowitz. “Yes to two states for two peoples, no to violence and bloodshed,” he continued. “No to annexation, yes to peace.”
Horowitz said “annexation is a war crime, a crime against peace, a crime against humanity, a crime that will result in bloodshed.”
“Trump is not a friend of Israel. Bibi [Netanyahu] is not good for Israel,” demonstrators shouted. “This [peace] deal [Between Trump and Netanyahu] has nothing to do with what is good for us, Israelis and Palestinians who live here in the Middle East,” they said.
“Annexation is apartheid,” a leader told the cheering protesters.
“The plans to annex any parts of the West Bank must be stopped. The occupation must be ended and we must work together for a future of equality and dignity for all people in Israel and Palestine.” (Courtesy: Times of Israel)