Jerusalem peace rally brings out Jews and Arabs


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 1,500 Jews and Arabs rallied in Jerusalem for an end to the current violence and a resumption of the peace process.

The peace protest on Saturday night came after a day in which four Palestinians were killed during what are believed to be attempted stabbing attacks. The alleged assailants were killed in separate attacks, including two in Jerusalem. Three Israeli police officers and another alleged Palestinian assailant were wounded in the incidents.

In addition to the Jerusalem attacks, three occurred in the West Bank city of Hebron, including one near the Cave of the Patriarchs.

The rally participants marched under the banner “we will not surrender to despair,” the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

Standing Together, a group that formed in response to the deadly violence over the past month, organized the demonstration. Several Knesset members were on hand, including left-wing Meretz party head Zehava Galon, who called for international intervention to solve the crisis.

Right-wing protesters demonstrated on the sideline of the rally.

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