The Mossawa Center, in cooperation with 14 other Arab and Jewish organizations, published a joint statement on the front page of the Ha'aretz newspaper calling for an end to the war on Gaza and for the Israeli government to act against the recent wave of incitement and violence towards the Arab minority.
On Monday, July 21st, the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab citizens of Israel called for a general strike in Israel in conjunction with the West Bank, in response to the escalation of violence in Gaza, as well as a mass demonstration in Nazareth also organized by the Follow-Up Committee. These actions were a move to publicly mourn the increasing death toll in Gaza and voice opposition to the IDF military operation.
The High Follow Up Committee for Arab Citizens has proclaimed today as a day of mourning and a general strike day in protest of the mounting number of casualties in Gaza, which has now reached over 500 including a massacre of 66 people in one day in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood. A demonstration is planned to take place today at 4:30pm in Nazareth against the war as well as in protest of the lack of protection for Bedouin Arab citizens in the south, the 350 political arrests of Arab citizens and the widespread racism and incitement to violence against Arabs and any one who apposes the war, which is taking place all over the country.
On Saturday July 19th thousands of right wing anti Arab extremists attacked a demonstration of about 600 Arab and Jewish citizens peacefully protesting the War on Gaza in Haifa's Carmel Center area. The Arab and Jewish protestors were demonstrating legally with a permit from the Haifa court. There was a large police presence on the scene, but they did little to stop the angry mob of extremists, shouting death to Arabs, from violently attacking the anti war protestors.
On Friday July 18th a group of approximately 400 demonstrators protesting in Haifa against the war on Gaza were greeted by violence and excessive force from the Haifa police. 30 people were arrested and many others, including members of Knesset were badly beaten by members of the police force