Thousands attend Tel Aviv protest against domestic violence

Over 30,000 people participated in the main protest rally against domestic violence and murder, at the Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, in central Israel, on Tuesday evening.

Since early Tuesday, intersections were blocked throughout Israel as thousands of women went on strike to protest the deaths of 24 women killed since the start of 2018 by either a partner, family member, or friend.

During the protest, a 24-minute period of silence was observed in memory of the 24 women.

Speeches at the protest were heard in both Arabic and Hebrew, the protesters were dressed mainly in black with red hats and carried red balloons.

Various slogans were shouted, such as “Women’s blood would not be forgotten” and “shame” as women and men marched in the protest.

The organizers of the protest said, “Today we made history. Today the silence on the violence against women has turned to screams.”

It is noteworthy that the organizers called for the protest last week in the wake of the murders of two teen girls, whose deaths brought the number of women killed in 2018 in domestic violence-related incidents to 24, the highest in years.