Thousands of Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday against the government’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, less than a month away from any decisive deadline for this hot file.
With waving Palestinian and Israeli flags, thousands of protesters hit the sidewalk on Saturday, June 6, protesting against the occupation of the West Bank and the government’s plan to annex parts of the territory. One month after a deadline that could be decisive on this issue, the demonstration was organized by NGOs and political parties anchored to the left.
As of July 1, the new Israeli Unity Government must present its strategy for implementing the plan for the US administration for the Middle East, which provides for Israel’s connection to the Jordan Valley and the West Bank settlements busy.
More than 450,000 Israelis live in settlements deemed illegal under international law at the West Bank, where 2.7 million Palestinians live.
This annexation plan “will lead to riots and even war”
“We have done enough harm to each other, between Palestinians and Jews,” one of the protesters, Anat Schrieber, told AFP. “We are brothers, our place is here, one like the other, we can do much more together than separately.”
Another protester demanded “justice for the Palestinians and peace for the two peoples, Israelis and Palestinians.”
“In this apartheid state there can be no peace either for us or for them, and no justice either,” lamented this man who merely gave his nickname, “Eden.” “I’m afraid of this annexation plan,” he said. “I think it will lead to riots and even war.”
This demonstration in Tel Aviv comes after similar protests at the occupied West Bank. Hundreds of Palestinians then shouted slogans at the Israeli settlement and the proposed annexation.
The Palestinians totally rejected the American plan, which also provides for the creation of a Palestinian state, but on a reduced territory and without East Jerusalem as its capital, contrary to what they wish.