Three takes on the same event
Jerusalem Post – "Nearly 3,000 people gathered at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday evening to protest against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza which is now in its nineteenth day. [ … ] Sirens were heard in southern and central Israel. The police ordered that the crowds end their protests because of the renewed rocket barrages. [ … ] Police officers blocked off protesters who tried to attack the left-wing demonstrators and arrested eight on violence charges and for disrupting the peace."
Alternative Information Center [AIC] – "For an important segment of Israeli society, “their” Israel is at risk, an Israel which tries to keep an image of democracy and liberalism, not a brutal state which is importing into its own society the methods it uses against the colonized Palestinian population. This image has seriously eroded in the last three decades, but for a strong minority it was still important to maintain it.In a way Israel is involved in a double war: a war against the Palestinian people and a war for the future of the state. [ … ] Saturday’s demonstration in Tel Aviv is a late, much too late, attempt to save a certain image of Israel, an Israel which doesn’t exist."
Neues Deutschland – "Berlin. Das Töten, Verletzen, Zerstören im Gaza-Streifen nimmt kein Ende. Immerhin: Als Kontrast zu den apokalyptischen Ansichten aus dem Todesstreifen am Mittelmeer kommen nicht nur Bilder von Antikriegsdemonstrationen aus Frankreich, Großbritannien und Deutschland, sondern auch aus Israel selbst: Rund 7000 Menschen versammelten sich dort auf dem Rabin-Platz in Tel Aviv, um Nein zu sagen zur Eskalationspolitik ihrer Regierung. Linke Parteien und Menschenrechtsorganisationen hatten dazu aufgerufen. Die Tausenden forderten eine Absage an die Wahnidee, den israelisch-palästinensischen Konflikt militärisch lösen zu wollen. [ … ] "
English Translation (by the Author of this blog):
Berlin. The killing, wounding, destruction in the Gaza Strip continues. Even so: In contrast to the apocalyptic scenes from the death strip on the Mediterranean, we not only see images of anti-war protests from France, Great Britten and Germany but also from Israel itself: Some 7000 protesters gathered there on Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to say ‘no’ to their government’s politics of escalation. Leftist Parties, and human rights organizations had called for the protest. The thousands called for abandoning the delusional idea of solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict militarily. [ … ] "