250 Israeli protesters demonstrated today in front of IDF Chief of Staff’s house in north Tel Aviv. The demonstration took place after a blast, presumably caused by Israeli artillery, resulted with the tragic death of 7 family members picnicking on Gaza beach.
The demonstration called for the halt of Israeli policy of targeted killings and preventive shelling, which is not only illegal, but also often results with the death of innocent Palestinian civilians. This policy, argued the protesters, also contributes to the escalation of the violence in the region and eventually endangers Israeli civilians.
This Israeli contribution to the escalation of violence and the apparent preferring of such illegal military moves over the pre-elections promised negotiations, urged CTR to resume its activity. The movement intends to carry out further activities in order to prevent IDF’s illegal actions and save both civilians and IDF’s soldiers lives.
The presence of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s dahughter, Dana Olmert, attracted the Israeli media’s attention and brought the demonstration to the press’s headlines.