Tens of Thousands of Israelis Protest the New “nation state law” in Tel Aviv

Tens of Thousands Gather in Tel Aviv for Nation-state Law Protest Led by Israeli Arabs

Protesters waving Palestinian and Israeli flags, chanting: ‘Nation-state is apartheid’ ■ Netanyahu: There is no better testimony for the necessity of the law’

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Thousands of demonstrators protesting the nation-state law in Tel Aviv, August 11, 2018.
Thousands of demonstrators protesting the nation-state law in Tel Aviv, August 11, 2018.Tomer Appelbaum
Tens of thousands of demonstrators protesting the nation-state law gathered in Tel Aviv Saturday night in the wake of last week’s mass march, which drew tens of thousands of Israelis to protest in solidarity with the country’s Druze community.Demonstrators marched from Rabin Square to the plaza of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which began at 8:00 P.M. Protesters gathered at Rabin Square. A rally under the name “Abolish Nation-state Law – Yes to Equality” took place after the march.Some protesters came waving Israeli and Palestinian flags, despite the organizers’ request not to bring flags in order to avoid conflict. Demonstrators held signs emblazoned with statements such as “Nation-state is apartheid.”

“There is a law here and a government that wrote a fascist, discriminatory law… Netanyahu thinks he will succeed in discriminating, but we have made progress,” an marcher from the southern, Bedouin-majority city of Rahat told Haaretz.

People holding signs slamming the nation-state law at a protest led by Israeli Arabs, August 11, 2018.
People holding signs slamming the nation-state law at a protest led by Israeli Arabs, August 11, 2018.Tomer Appelbaum

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“For 70 years we have been living together. Why now [the law passed] is clear because it’s political. What, for 70 years you didn’t have a nationality? What’s changed?,” another marcher from Rahat said.

Demonstrators waving Palestinian flags at Rabin Square ahead of a march against the nation-state law, August 11, 2018.
Demonstrators waving Palestinian flags at Rabin Square ahead of a march against the nation-state law, August 11, 2018. Tomer Appelbaum

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter to comment on the ongoing rally. In response to protesters waving Palestinian flags, Netanyahu wrote on his official handle: “There is no better testimony for the necessity of the nation-state law. We will continue to wave the Israeli flag proudly and sing the anthem (Hatikva) with even greater pride.” The premier attached a video from the protest showing protesters hoisting Palestinian flags in the crowd.

אין עדות טובה יותר לנחיצותו של חוק הלאום. אנו נמשיך להניף את דגל ישראל בגאון ולשיר את התקווה בגאווה גדולה"</p

 
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One Response to Tens of Thousands of Israelis Protest the New “nation state law” in Tel Aviv

  1. William August 19, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Why is’t there a Great Mobilization of American Jewry against this Racist Law !
    When do American Jews say enough is enough, and Pressure American their Congressional Rep’s to cut Military and Economic Aid and this Law will be Dropped in a NY Minute !
    Talk is Cheap, Time to speak up against an Vision of Israel that nobody wanted !.

    Ben Gurion must be turning over in his Grave (Again ) !

    Bill Lutek

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