300 Israelis rally in support of Palestinian statehood

300 Israelis rally in support of Palestinian statehood

Some 300 leftist activists participated in a rally in support of the
Palestinians’ bid for UN recognition in Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard on
Thursday.

“What is happening today is an historic day for the Palestinian people and for
us,” said Uri Avneri from Gush Shalom. “If we choose the future we must help
the Palestinians build their state.”

The rally was organized by several organizations including Gush Shalom, Peace
Now, Hadash and Meretz representatives. The protesters chanted slogans in
support of the two-state solution and carried signs reading “Palestinian state
– Israeli interest” and “Israel yes.”

“What is happening today is an historic day for the Palestinian people and for
us,” said Uri Avneri from Gush Shalom. “If we choose the future we must help
the Palestinians build their state.”
Show of support in Tel Aviv (Photo: Reuters)
Photo: AFP

Former Foreign Ministry director Dr. Alon Liel said, “As of today there is a
Palestinian state. As of today we no longer control the life of a nation but
the life of a separate state.”

Dr. Nava Sonnenschein, director of the Wahat al-Salam school in Neve Shalom
said, “We have come here to support you, Abu Mazen (Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas) and the Palestinian people.
Mira Awad performs at rally (Photo: AFP)

“You have chosen a non-violent struggle and we respect that while the
government talks with those who fire rockets. The Palestinians cannot wait any
longer, let’s work together to change reality.”

Arab-Israeli singer Mira Awad performed at the rally and said she was “happy
with Abbas’ bid and very sad about the inexplicable refusal to finally give the
Palestinian people a chance to move forward.”

Former Knesset Member Mossi Raz said, “We call on Lieberman and Netanyahu: It’s
not too late. Order the ambassador to say ‘Israel yes.'”

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