Thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets in Tel Aviv to express solidarity with Palestinians, while condemning 50 years of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
One of the organizers of the event – Israeli NGO Peace Now – said the demonstration was meant to denounce the lack of hope being offered by a regime that commits atrocities and perpetuates occupation.
“The time has come to prove to the Israelis, the Palestinians and the entire world that an important segment of the Israeli population is opposed to occupation,” said Peace Now head Avi Buskila.
The protesters also waved Palestinian flags while a message sent by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was read out at the event.
“There isn't a voice stronger than the voice of just and inclusive peace, just like there isn't a voice stronger than the right of people for self-determination and freedom from the burden of occupation,” the message read.
Israeli opposition Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog also spoke out against Israeli regime’s atrocities. He also accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fear-mongering.
“The leadership in Israel today is driven first and foremost by fear. Fear of change; fear of daring; fear of initiative and fear of hope. Israel's prime minister is the chief fear-monger,” Herzog said.