Leftist and rightist Israelis clash at
Smoke grenade hurled at left wing protesters
from unknown source; demonstrators carry
banners saying 'the government is drowning us
By Chaim Levinson
June 5, 2010
Leftist and rightist demonstrators clashed Saturday
night in Tel Aviv as more than 6,000 Israelis gathered
to protest the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship
earlier this week, in which nine pro-Palestinian
activists were killed.
The protest was originally planned by to mark the
anniversary of the Six Day War which broke out 43 years
ago today. Among the organizers were left wing parties
Meretz, Hadash and Peace Now organization. The
demonstrators carried banners saying "The government is
drowning us all," "We must stride for peace," and "A
right wing government = clear and immediate danger to
As the demonstrators marched from the
the city's municipal building toward the Tel Aviv
museum several hundred of rightist demonstrators
followed the demonstration. Upon their arrival at their
final destination the spirits heated up between the two
opposing groups, during which they two sides cursed and
shouted at each other.
A smoke grenade was also hurled at the left wing
demonstrators from an unknown source.
Police were deployed to keep the two sides apart.
Clashes were also reported on the central
Hundreds of left wing demonstrators carried Israeli
flags to establish that they were not demonstrating
but rather protesting the actions executed by Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing government.
Thousands Demonstrate in Tel Aviv Against Blockade
June 5, 2010
Leftists protesters commemorate 43 years of
occupation, call to end blockade.
Left-wing groups in
Tel Aviv Saturday night in support of the international
activists on the Rachel Corrie which was boarded by IDF
forces earlier in the day and directed to the port in
Members and supporters of NGOs Gush Shalom, Physicians
for Human Rights and Peace Now and the political
parties Hadash and Meretz organized the event, which
started with a march from
with a rally of several thousand protesters at Museum
Plaza in Tel Aviv later in the evening.
The crowds marched under signs that read "the
government drowns us all" and called for a negotiated
solution that would lead to a Palestinian state and
"Our deep respect goes to the small group of peace
activists on board the Rachel Corrie, who went on
sailing, unarmed and undaunted, and who now find
themselves in captivity for the crime of sailing aid
to the people of
revealed earlier Saturday.
The boat was supposed to have joined the earlier
attempts but has been delayed by technical difficulties
and the refusal of Cypriot authorities to allow their
territory to be used for the purpose of interfering
Elsewhere in the world, thousands of protesters took to
the streets around the Place de la Bastille in
Saturday to show solidarity with the "Free
flotilla activists and the residents of
Near the pro-Palestinian demonstration, a smaller group
of pro-Israel demonstrators made up largely from the
local Jewish community gathered to show their support
for the IDF's actions.
The British government also called on
an international investigation of the Mavi Marmara
incident and end the blockade.
"We continue to stress to the Israeli government the
importance of an investigation that ensures
accountability and commands the confidence of the
international community, and includes international
participation," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Hague continued, "we urgently need to see unfettered
homes, livelihoods and trade. That is why we continue
to press the Government of