Protests Demand Hostage Release and Netanyahu’s Removal


 NEWSLINE PAPER,-Thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Caesarea, Raanana, and Herzliya on Saturday, united in their demand for the release of all hostages held in Gaza and the removal of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office.

In Tel Aviv’s Kaplan Street, protesters also called for an immediate general election. A video captured police officers attempting to disperse the crowd at the Begin Gate, one of the entry points to the Kirya military headquarters.

A prominent banner declared, “No one leaves! We will march to Jerusalem and remain there until the government disbands.”

Meanwhile, at Hostages Square in Tel Aviv, survivors of Hamas captivity pleaded with Israeli authorities to swiftly bring home the remaining hostages from Gaza.

Aviva Siegel, a freed hostage whose husband Keith Siegel remains in captivity, passionately addressed the rally. She implored the chief of staff, the prime minister, and the defense minister to take responsibility and intensify efforts to secure the release of those held by Hamas and other militant groups.

“We are dying inside here!” Siegel exclaimed during her emotional speech.

As night fell, supporters of the hostage rally continued their march through Tel Aviv’s streets.

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum announced that next week, the gathering would relocate to Jerusalem, directly in front of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

In Caesarea, protesters defied police barricades, chanting, “There is no forgiveness for the angel of destruction” and “there is no forgiveness for failures and abandonment.”

This updated post now includes additional details about scenes from the protests.



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