Smoke grenade thrown at Tel Aviv peace rally, well known activist attacked

Posted: June 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Left, The Right | Tags: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Political tension in Israel grows, as Left and Right protesters clash

Uri avneri (left), befor he was attacked by rightwing people today in Tel Aviv

Former MK and peace activist Uri avneri (left), befor he was attacked by rightwing people today in Tel Aviv

Between 7,000 and 15,000 people (depending on who you ask) marched this evening in Tel Aviv to mark 43 years of occupation and to protest Israeli government policy. Following recent events, the demonstration, which was scheduled weeks in advance, turned into a protest against the attack on the Gaza flotilla.

While the march itself was relaxed for most parts, a few dozens of right-wing people held a counter-protest, and several of them tried to break into the Left’s rally. During the speech of a Hadash representative, a smoke grenade was thrown (There are conflicting reports as to who threw the grenade – the right or the left protesters). Later, Uri Avneri, the 87 years old former MK and peace activist, was attacked. Ynet reports that Avneri was rescued from the area in a car, with police escort. Right-wing activists also clashed with coffee shop goers in Tel aviv and shouted insults at locals.

Here is a video of the moment the smoke grenade was thrown into the crowd. it was taken by a friend who was standing next to me. You can see the speaker cuts his speech and join the crown in calls “no to fascism”.

Earlier this week, Israeli right-wing protesters threw stones and a smoke grenade at the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv. Later, a Turkish memorial site in Beer Sheva was vandalized, and the Turkish flag at the place burned.

More Flotilla news:

The Turkish autopsy of the nine victims of the IDF raid revealed that they were shot a total of 30 times. 19 years old Furkan Dogan, the American casualty, was shot four times in the head and one in the chest, all at close range.

IDF admits editing an audio tape of radio communication with the Mavi Marmara released earlier this week.

Finally, here is a video from Friday’s demo in Bil’in: IDF soldiers are attacking a model of the Mavi Marmara. Surreal.


5 Comments on “Smoke grenade thrown at Tel Aviv peace rally, well known activist attacked”

  1. 1 But said at 1:33 pm on June 5th, 2010:

    Update: Israeli media reports smoke grenade throw by anarchist protesters from the left. Your propaganda is exactly what you accuse the IDF of doing. Check your facts.

  2. 2 ck said at 3:37 pm on June 5th, 2010:

    Not nice what they tried to do to Avneri. Not nice at all.

  3. 3 Alison Avigayil Ramer said at 11:03 pm on June 5th, 2010:

    Excellent reporting, sourcing etc. I aspire to write articles like this on a consistent basis. For now, here’s my best shot:

    http://alisonramer.com/2010/06/05/thousands-protest-the-occupation-and-flotilla-raid-across-israel-and-the-occupied-palestinian-territories/

  4. 4 Diane Gee said at 5:53 am on June 6th, 2010:

    I very much admire your work. Thank you so much for your efforts there, and bringing fair reporting of events in Israel to the American blogging community.

    Regards,

    Diane

    wildwildleft.com

  5. 5 El Lonsico said at 6:51 pm on June 6th, 2010:

    “But” says:
    “Update: Israeli media reports smoke grenade throw by anarchist protesters from the left. Your propaganda is exactly what you accuse the IDF of doing. Check your facts.”

    Read the blog. It says:
    “During the speech of a Hadash representative, a smoke grenade was thrown (There are conflicting reports as to who threw the grenade – the right or the left protesters).”

    Is But for Butthead?