Anti-violence rallies throughout Israel

Following two blood-soaked days, in which a Palestinian infant was killed and his parents and sibling were critically wounded in a fire and six people were hurt in a stabbing at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade, thousands protested in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa; President Rivlin, party chairpersons, and religious leaders to condemn violence.

Several anti-violence demonstrations were held throughout Israel on Saturday night, with Israelis crying out for justice in the wake of two shocking incidents of violence over the past few days.

LGBTQ rights groups and youth activists were holding demonstrations in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa following the terror attack at the gay pride parade in the capital on Thursday, in which six people were wounded. Demonstrations were also being held in response to the Jewish terror attack late Thursday night that killed a Palestinian infant and critically wounded the other three members of his immediate family.

The Peace Now organization held a demonstration against the deadly arson attack at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, in which opposition chief Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union), MK Amir Peretz (Zionist Union), and Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Galon participated.

“I have come here today, like you, with a heavy and pained heart,” Herzog said at the rally. The Zionist Union chairman said he prayed for the wounded to recover. “Terrorists are terrorists, period. Whether Jewish terrorists or Muslim. The Jewish people are ashamed of the deeds committed by members of our people and we ask for forgiveness in Israel and in the world… At this difficult moment, I extend my hand to the Palestinian people and its leaders.”

“What we have seen in recent days, both the stabbing of the marchers at the pride parade and the arson terror attack in Duma, can be called by its name – it’s Jewish terrorism, it’s Jewish ISIS,” said Galon.

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