Tag Archive for social protest

Thousands of Israelis attend Tel Aviv rally for cannabis legalization


Thousands of Israeli demonstrators, including public figures, Knesset members and artists, rallied together in Tel Aviv to demand the government to fully legalize cannabis use.

By Itay Blumental


Last week, Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said that after reviewing the matter, he will seek government approval for the decriminalization of cannabis.

According to the new policy, first time offenders will be fined by an amount which has yet to be determined and will not receive a criminal record. Second time offenders will be fined twice that amount and will also not receive a criminal record. Third time offenders will only receive a criminal record if the police deem it necessary (in accordance with the new conditional agreement), and if so will also have their driver’s and firearms licenses revoked. Continue Reading »

German Chancellor: Whoever attacks a Jew attacks us all

Under the banner “Stand Up: Jew Hatred – Never Again!” German Chancellor Angela Merkel joins political & religious leaders at a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin.

By i24news


German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish leaders spoke Sunday at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism after the latest Gaza conflict sparked an upsurge in hate speech against Jews.

John MacDougall (AFP)

Supporters of Israel – John MacDougall (AFP)

Under the banner “Stand Up: Jew Hatred – Never Again!” political and religious leaders and thousands of people gathered at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

The event, attended by German President Joachim Gauck, coincided with a meeting in the capital of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), whose president Ronald S. Continue Reading »

Gaza’s ‘Tamarod’ Youth Renew Call for Overthrow of Tyrannical Hamas

Gaza’s “Tamarod” youth group uploaded a YouTube video calling on all Gazans to oust Hamas, which it calls out as “corrupt” & “tyrannical” in the name of religion.

By Kochava Rozenbaum

As reported last month by Arutz Sheva, the Tamarod Movement in Gaza, recently inspired by the success of the Egyptian Tamarod Movement, is preparing for mass-demonstrations to oust the Islamic Gazan leaders of Hamas this coming November 11th.

“Tamarod” (“Rebel”) is the name of the popular anti-Islamist youth movement which led popular protests against Mohammed Morsi in the run up to his removal by the military.

Now, in a recently uploaded video, four youth Tamarod members have issued a video statement urging Gazans to take to the streets. Continue Reading »

President’s backers clash with rivals in Egypt

15 reported injured as opponents & supporters of Muslim Brotherhood clash across country day after Morsi granted himself sweeping new powers.

Protesters burn Muslim Brotherhood offices.

Associated Press


Opponents and supporters of Mohammed Morsi clashed across Egypt on Friday, the day after the president granted himself sweeping new powers that critics fear can allow him to be a virtual dictator. At least 15 were reported injured.

In a sign of deepening polarization, state TV reported that protesters burned offices of the political arm of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group on several cities on the Suez Canal east of Cairo and in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, while Islamists engaged with fistfights with Morsi opponents in southern Egypt. Continue Reading »

Peacefully protesting women attacked by Hamas Police with sticks

Palestinian Women gathered in Gaza calling for Palestinian reconciliation with Fatah’s PA

“The way the women were attacked shows the exact Hamas strategy & ideology which gives no room for women to express their opinions in Palestinian society,”

By Nasouh Nazzal, Correspondent for Gulf News


Ramallah: Hamas police violently attacked a group of women who were peacefully protesting on Tuesday in front of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza. The women were calling for Palestinian reconciliation and sent a request to protest to Hamas which was ignored. Using sticks and batons, Hamas police attacked the women and dispersed the protest.

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Palestinian Authority accuses Hamas of exploiting protests to export its coup

Hamas PM Haniyeh says recent wave of protests prove Oslo Accords have failed. PA spokesman: Hamas working to “export its coup” to the West Bank in order to overthrow Abbas



The Palestinian Authority on Saturday accused Hamas of exploiting peaceful protests against the high cost of living to spread chase and anarchy in the West Bank.

Adndan Damiri, spokesman for the PA security forces, also accused Hamas of working to overthrow the PA regime in the West Bank.

Palestinians stage economic protest in Hebron - Photo: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Palestinians stage economic protest in Hebron – Photo: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Damiri claimed that the PA security forces have received information about Hamas’s efforts to destabilize the situation in the West Bank.

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Halutz leaves Kadima, slams Mofaz

Former chief of staff says politicians should take action rather than demonstrate. ‘We can’t let this issue turn into political capital; we can’t hide behind words’

By Ynet

Former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz announced Saturday evening that he was leaving the Kadima Party over the issue of making military service compulsory for the Ultra-Orthodox.

“I’m leaving Kadima,” Halutz told Channel 2. “I urge everyone who joined Kadima because of me to reconsider his choice,” he said.

Halutz plans to participate in tonight’s “suckers’ demonstration” in Tel Aviv.

While Halutz backed Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz during the party primaries, he is now criticizing him for planning to join the protest. Continue Reading »

Thousands of Israeli protesters block streets in Tel Aviv, clash with police

Police arrest 89 after protesters smash windows of banks at Rabin Square, block major highway.

By Gili Cohen , Yaniv Kubovich and Asaf Shtull-Trauring



Police arrested 89 demonstrators after more than 6,500 people converged in and around Tel Aviv’s Habima Square on Saturday night, protesting the arrest on Friday of Daphni Leef, a leader of last summer’s social protest movement.

Police arrest a demonstrator during a protest for social justice in Tel Aviv

Police arrest a demonstrator during a protest for social justice in Tel Aviv. - Photo by Tomer Appelbaum


The protesters blocked Ibn Gabirol Street north to Rabin Square, before moving and blocking Ayalon highway. Around 20 demonstrators were removed by police after breaking into branches of Hapoalim, Leumi and Discount banks. Continue Reading »

Hundreds amass on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Blvd. in bid to revive social protests

 Demonstrators attempt to erect tents, but city inspectors prevent them from doing so; police arrest Daphni Leef and other protest leaders.



Protesters amassing in Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, June 22, 2012. Photo by Social protest Facebook page

Daphni Leef, one of the leaders of Israel’s social justice protest movement, was arrested by police on Friday afternoon during a demonstration on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard.

Police arrest protest leader Daphni Leef in Tel Aviv, June 22, 2012.

Police arrest protest leader Daphni Leef in Tel Aviv. - Photo by Alon Ron

The demonstration, which began around noon, was meant to revive the social justice protests that swept Israel last summer. Continue Reading »

Hundreds bring back social protest to Jerusalem

More than 700 people participate in May Day march in demand of social justice

More than 700 people, including students, youth movement members and leftists, attended a march in Jerusalem as part of May Day events.

Marching under the banner, “Workers not Slaves” the protesters carried signs that read “An entire generation demands a future” and “The people demand social justice.”

Ziv Rosenberg, one of the organizers of the event, told Ynet this was the first step in resuming last summer’s social protest. “We are here to say that any party that seeks election must provide solutions to the social demands raised in the past year.” Continue Reading »