Rabin Square was filled with protestors angry about Israel’s Nationality Law, Israel National News reports. Leftists and Arabs descended onto Tel Aviv as Shabbat came to a close.
The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel made the protest possible, and it grew in size when a number of Leftist organizations joined in solidarity.
They made their message clear as they headed from Rabin Square to the Tel Aviv Museum as they waved Palestine Liberation Organization flags and shouted in support of Palestine.
The group, led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is considered a terror organization by the United States and has been deemed as such since 1987. It remains categorized that way because of the group’s ongoing violent efforts and support that run counter to its claims of not being a terror organization anymore, according to Israel National News.
Joint Arab List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh said “today we want to send a clear message: A democratic country must include all its citizens. There is no more moral statement than to say that the Nationality Law is apartheid, and there is no better response to the inciting government than tens of thousands of protesters in the streets.”
Science, Technology, and Space Minister Ofir Akunis said “if anyone had any doubt of why the Nationality Law is crucial, the pictures from Tel Aviv this evening are clear and unambiguous proof that Israel needs the Nationality Law.”
He continued by saying “opposing those who undermine the fact that Israel is the Jewish People’s nation state are the blue and white flag, and the national anthem of ‘Hatikva’, Basic Law: The Nationality Law is one of the most important laws legislated in Israel during the past few years.”
The recently passed law makes Israel officially a Jewish state but does not otherwise change the rights that other Israeli citizens have.
Speaking at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said the 30,000-strong protest on Saturday organized by The High Follow-up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel was a “cogent testimony of the opposition to the existence of the State of Israel and the urgency of the Nation-State Law.”
“Yesterday we saw PLO flags in the heart of Tel Aviv. We heard the calls: ‘With blood and fire we will redeem Palestine.’ Many of the demonstrators want to abrogate the Law of Return, cancel the national anthem, fold up our flag and cancel Israel as the national state of the Jewish people and turn it – as their spokespersons said – into an Israeli-Palestinian state, and others say: A state of all its citizens,” Netanyahu said.