Hundreds gather for Jerusalem peace rally

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 1,500 people gathered in Jerusalem to rally for an end to the current violence between Israel and the Palestinians and to call for a resumption of the peace process.

The rally came after a day in which four Palestinians were killed during what are believed to be attempted knife attacks.

The alleged assailants were killed in separate attacks on Saturday, 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 Hebron, including one near the Cave of the Patriarchs.

The demonstrators, both Jews and Arabs, marched in the Jerusalem city center Saturday night under the banner “we will not surrender to despair,” the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The demonstration was organized by a new group which formed in response to the current violence, called Standing Together.

Several Knesset members attended the rally, including left-wing Meretz Party head Zehava Galon, who called for international intervention to solve the current crisis.

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

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