Thousands Demonstrate against Israeli PM Barak, Call for Harsher Anti-Palestinian Measures

Published November 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Tens of thousands of people took part in a rightwing demonstration in Jerusalem late Wednesday against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. 

It was the largest demonstration since the start of the Palestinian uprising September 28. 

The demonstration was organized under the slogan "let the army win" -- a reference to rightwing accusations that Barak is tying the hands of the army. 

He was accused of stopping it from using force to end the Intifada so as not to burn all bridges with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. 

"We must kill off terrorism and deliver security to the civilians," said rightwing leader Ariel Sharon. 

"Arafat is not a partner, he is a cruel enemy," he continued amidst wild support from the crowd. 

"It is not a reply to terrorism that we need, it is a question of wiping it out," he said, adding that the 1993 Oslo accords that launched the peace process "no longer exist." 

Palestinians blame Sharon for sparking the violence in the Palestinian territories with a provocative visit September 28 to the Jerusalem mosque compound or Temple Mount, a site that is sacred to both Muslims and Jews. 

The demonstration started shortly after a car bomb left at least two dead and several dozen wounded in Hadera, north of Tel Aviv.  

Banners read: "Arafat has murdered Oslo too," "With Barak we are back to armored cars," "We are all Hadera," and "We are dying for peace, we can live with victory." -- JERUSALEM (AFP) 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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