Israelis who lost relatives in Hamas attack call on PM Netanyahu to resign

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Families of Israelis mourning loved ones lost in Oct. 7 attacks from the blockaded Gaza Strip demand the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government at the first-month commemoration ceremony in West Jerusalem

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Israeli parliament in West Jerusalem for the commemoration of the first month of Oct. 7. At the ceremony, candles were lit in the shape of "7.10" for Oct. 7, the date of the Hamas attack, and the Star of David, the symbol of Judaism.

It was noteworthy that participants in the commemoration ceremony carried anti-government banners as well as "Bring them home" placards for Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip.

Attendees at the commemoration used a banner to call on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down, with a message stating, "Let's give 64 and take back the hostages in Gaza," about the 64 members of the ruling coalition in the government.

Maoz Inon, who lost his parents in the attacks, spoke at the memorial service and sharply criticized Netanyahu.

“A month has passed. Netanyahu has neither called a family to condole with them nor attended a funeral. Families are torn apart. All the families I've spoken to know who to blame: Israel's Prime Minister. I came here to tell Netanyahu to resign," Inon said.

He stated that they will set up a condolence tent in front of the Israeli Parliament and will not leave until the Netanyahu government resigns.

"I invite Israelis to come and join us in building a new hope and equality,” he added.

Yaakov Godo, who lost his son in the town of Kissufim in the Gaza Strip, blamed the Israeli government and Prime Minister Netanyahu for what happened on Oct. 7.

There were no slogans and the ceremony was mostly peaceful, but when Netanyahu's name was mentioned during the speeches, the crowd reacted by whistling.

CEASE-FIRE IMPOSSIBLE UNDER NETANYAHU

Israelis who lost many members of their families in the Hamas attack on Oct. 7 said that this war will never end as long as Prime Minister Netanyahu remains in power.

With this, a commemoration ceremony was held in front of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in West Jerusalem, one month after the attack.

Inon, who addressed the world in the video shared by Israeli journalist Oren Ziv on the X social media account, called for support for peace, not Netanyahu.

"If world leaders do not stop supporting Israel, the war will never end. As long as Netanyahu remains in power, the war will not end. That's why I call on the world: Don't support Netanyahu. Don't send us weapons. Don't send us warships. Send us peace, send us love, send us reconciliation," Inon said.

COMMEMORATING 89 UNRWA WORKERS LOST IN GAZA

On the other hand, a memorial ceremony was held at the United Nations Geneva Office for 89 U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) workers who lost their lives during Israel's attacks on Gaza.

U.N. officials and staff observed a minute of silence to commemorate the UNRWA staff who lost their lives in the Israeli attacks.

U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Spokesperson Jens Laerke shared images of these moments on the X social media platform.

"Today is a sad moment at the UN Office in Geneva, where we remember our UNRWA colleagues killed in Gaza. So far 89 people have lost their lives. This is a shocking situation," Laerke said.

In addition, UNRWA stated on its X social media account that the number of UNRWA employees killed in the Gaza Strip increased to 89, which is the highest number of U.N. employees killed in a conflict in the history of the U.N.

WHAT HAPPENED

Hamas’ military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called “Al-Aqsa Flood” on the morning of Oct. 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 10,022 people, including 4,104 children, 2,641 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.
The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, 106 Palestinians were killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers. In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 48 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.

Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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