For Freedom of Speech, Rule of Law and Freedom from Violence
Poster advertising a rally for free speech, 1983
This poster was published by the Israeli peace organization Peace Now advertising a rally in defence of freedom of speech, freedom from violence, and the rule of law. The rally took place in 1983 in Kikar Malchei Yisrael (known as Rabin Square since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995). Underneath the announcement are the times and locations of similar rallies in cities throughout Israel. It also notes that buses will leave from Jerusalem shortly after the end of Shabbat for the religiously observant.
It is important to note that one week before this rally, Emil Grunzweig, a Peace Now activist, was killed when someone threw a hand grenade at a group of demonstrators.
Shalom Achshav or Peace Now is an activist group that advocates for peace and a two-state solution through public pressure. It was founded in the late 1970s when hundreds of Israeli army officers and reservists petitioned Menachem Begin, then prime minister, to make peace with Egypt. This specific rally was held during the war with Lebanon, which lasted until 1985. Peace Now is still active today.
Freedom of Speech, Wikipedia
Peace Now, Peacenow.org
Emil Grunzweig, Wikipedia
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For the Sake of the Freedom of Speech
The Rule of Law
And Freedom from Violence
Come with us to a demonstration
That will take place in Tel Aviv, Malchei Yisrael Square
Motzei Shabbat, 19.2.1983 at 19:30
[notification of transportation from Haifa, Be'er Sheva, Ashkelon, Rehovot, Jerusalem including transportation after Shabbat for the religiously observant]