O.K.- Weekly anti-Netanyahu rally begins with a minute’s silence for the attacks

Demonstration against Benjamin Netanyahu – Ilia Yefimovich/dpa

The new demonstration this Saturday against the judicial reform proposed by the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began with a minute of silence for the victims of the latest attacks in East Jerusalem.

«Last night’s murderous attack in Jerusalem breaks our hearts. We share the pain and grief of the families of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded,» the organizers said in a statement reported by ‘The Jerusalem Post’.

«Tonight there will be demonstrations on Kaplan Street and in other parts of the country in a special format. They will begin at 7 p.m. with a minute of silence,» they explained.

Some 30,000 people took part in the Tel Aviv demonstration, according to a police estimate quoted by Israeli Channel 12 television, far from the more than 100,000 people who attended last Saturday. «We do not agree on a nation without legal guarantees,» the attendees chanted.

After the end of the conveners’ speeches several artists have performed quiet songs. «We want to find a way to honor and express our respect. Here the whole political spectrum is represented,» said one of the organizers.

The leader of the opposition, Yair Lapid, announced that he will not attend the demonstration in Haifa, as planned, out of respect for the victims of the attacks.