Some 1,500 left-wing activists gathered in Jerusalem's Zion Square Saturday to protest "the wave of racism consuming the country and Israeli society" due to government policies and especially those backed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
A large number of youth group members were present at the rally, as well as activists belonging to Labor, Peace Now, and Meretz. Posters said, "Ivette – Niet" and "Fight racism – protect Zionism" as well as "Fight the government of darkness".
'Ivette - Niet'. Protesters in Jerusalem (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) spoke at the rally, saying that "we have learned from past experience that incitement does not remain within the framework of talk, but sometimes translates to bullets and stabbings".
Horowitz was interrupted by an opposing protester who cried out, "You forgot the people who were murdered here in terror attacks."
Hussein Rawidi, whose son Hossam was allegedly stabbed to death by a group of Jewish teens, also spoke at the rally. "My son fell victim to racism in Jerusalem. I've come here to say that we are fighting racism together, Jews and Arabs. I ask the court to punish those responsible for the murder," he said.
After the rally, Peace Now Secretary-General Yariv Oppenheimer told Ynet that "the protesters here understand that this government is destroying all chances for peace with out neighbors, as well as peace among ourselves".