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Mainstream, VOL LVIII No 26, New Delhi, June 13, 2020

Israel: No to annexation and occupation! Yes to peace and democracy!

Short Text That Called for Joint Protest by Jews and Arabs on 6 June 2020 in Tel Aviv

Saturday 13 June 2020

[Posted below is the short text of call from the peace movement and the Israeli left for a joint demonstration by Israelis and Palestinins / Jews and Arabs on 6 June 2020. The successful demonstartion was held and has been reported in the media]

Tel Aviv Protest Sat. June 6 - No to Occupation and Annexation!
Sat. June 6 at 7.00 PM at the Rabin Square, Tel Aviv

We’ll all say

No to annexation and occupation! Yes to peace and democracy!

We, Jews and Arabs, will protest together for a different future for Israelis and Palestinians.

A future without occupation and bloodshed in which we all live in safety.

We will protest against the occupation and call out for peace and hope, against racism and for partnership.

Netanyahu and Trump want to perpetuate a violent reality of hate and separation.

They plan on cutting out and annexing parts of the west bank, pushing people out of their homes and depriving the Arab citizens living in the Triangle and Wadi Ara of their Israeli citizenship.

If their plans are realized – it will destroy any hope for a solution.

But we know there is a different way, of equality and justice, that we must fight for.

We cannot stay silent in the face of hatred and fear, of violence and oppression.

This evening no one should stay home!

We come out to Tel Aviv main city square, standing together for democracy based on peace and equality.

(Note: During the past week the Tel Aviv police made enormous obstructions, denying a permit for the rally until late yesterday night (Friday) on the pretext that holding a rally might "spread the Coronavirus". The orgnizers made clear that they would not give up the democratic right to protest against a disastrous government policy, that the rally would be held with or without a police permit, and that measures would be taken to make sure that participants adhere to the rule of "social distancing" to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. "We are concerned for public health as we are concerned about the very harmful results of a 53-years old occupation and impending annexation. These two kinds of concern do not contradict - on the contrary, they complement each other. " Finally and very belatedly the police gave in and granted the permit.)

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