At least 30,000 people, participated in a rally against domestic violence at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv Tuesday evening following a nationwide strike called after two teenage girls were murdered over the past month.
“We are here in your name and for you, the women who suffer from violence at home and can not stand with us here today,” said the rally’s organizers Ruti Klein, Stav Arnon and Dror Sadot. “We are here for you the women who lost their lives in vain.
Tens of thousands of men and women blocked junctions through the country and stood for 24 minutes to honor the 24 women killed in domestic violence so far this year.
“This is proof to those in power that we, women, who make up 50.7% of the population, are a force to be reckoned with. We can be ignored no longer,” the organizers said.
The rally marked the culmination of a day of protests against domestic violence.
Earlier, some 200 pairs of shoes painted in red were displayed in front of the Habima theater in central Tel Aviv and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the names of the 24 women who were murdered over the past year were marked on chairs alongside signs saying ” Who will be next?”
The demonstration was organized by the Red Flag Coalition, an umbrella group of some 100 feminist organizations from all sectors of Israeli society, that called the strike in protest at “unprecedented heights of gender violence.”
“Women throughout the country pay with their lives and are squeezed between failed government decisions and petty political games,” said a post on the group’s Facebook page. “No matter where we are – in the street, at work, at home – we are at risk and in the struggle for our lives. We refuse to accept this reality. This violence is not a natural phenomenon, but simply the result of an ongoing policy of oppression, discrimination, and exclusion. This is the time to embark on a rage revolution that will not fade until we change this policy.”
By Mara Vigevani/TPS | Photo by Esty Dziubov/TPS