Thousands of Israelis protest during a left-wing peace rally in the coastal city of Tel Aviv calling for the Israeli government to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority on August 16, 2014.
Thousands have taken to streets of Tel Aviv to censure the Israeli regime for its saber-rattling policies towards Palestinians of the besieged Gaza Strip.
The anti-war demonstration was held in Rabin square late on Saturday, days after a similar rally was banned by the regime.
The event’s organizers put the turnout at around 10,000. Meanwhile, Israeli authorities boosted security in the streets of the coastal city.
The organizers said in a statement that they would not be intimidated by right-wing extremists’ threats and would continue efforts for a diplomatic solution to end the Gaza conflict.
The protesters called on the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down.
“Bibi you failed. You need to hand in the keys and go home. Your failure is so deep because of five years of refusal and national failure; refusal to adopt the Arab peace initiatives, and refusal to recognize the Palestinian Unity government,” said MK Zehava Galon, a rally organizer, to the crowd.
Israeli warplanes and tanks launched a massive attack against the blockaded Gaza Strip in early July.
Nearly 2,000 people, mostly civilians, have lost their lives and some 10,200 have been injured despite pressure from the international community on the Tel Aviv regime to end aggression against Palestinians.
On Wednesday, a 72-hour truce was extended for five more days in the besieged sliver as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators continued talks to reach a long-term deal in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Nearly 400,000 Palestinian children are in immediate need of psychological help due to “catastrophic and tragic impact” of the Israeli war, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
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