Israelis to protest against Netanyahu

 

Sat Jun 4, 2011 4:29PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
The Israeli and Palestinian activists are to stage a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to welcome the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The rally is expected to be held in Tel Aviv on Saturday under the slogan “Netanyahu said no and we say yes to the Palestinian state,” and “Netanyahu is leading us to disaster,” read a statement by Israel-based NGO Peace Now, reported Wafa, the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s news agency.

The demonstration would take place on the eve of the anniversary of Israel 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip.

Tel Aviv later annexed both the West Bank and East al-Quds — the promised capital of any future Palestinian state.

The international community has refused to recognize either the capture or the annexation.

Israel later withdrew from Gaza, but has been keeping the region under frequent bloody attacks.

Peace Now said, “We will protest against Netanyahu’s foot-dragging in establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel…and demand an immediate return to peace negotiations.”

Israel’s direct talks with PA hit a stalemate late last year after Tel Aviv refused to lift a partial freeze on its construction of illegal Jewish settlements on the occupied lands.

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