PHOTOS: Hundreds attend May Day demonstration in Nazareth

Hundreds march through Nazareth to mark International Workers’ Day, including several members of the Joint List.

Photos and text: Maria Zreik / Activestills

Hundreds of people gathered in Nazareth on Saturday morning to take part in a May Day march. As well as marking International Workers’ Day, demonstrators also marched against the occupation and the Israeli government’s repression of Palestinians.

Demonstrators take part in a May Day march, Nazareth, April 29, 2017. (Maria Zreik/Activestills)
Demonstrators take part in a May Day march, Nazareth, April 29, 2017. (Maria Zreik/Activestills)

The demonstration also called for justice and peace, and for workers’ rights.

Several Joint List MKs were among the marchers, including party head Ayman Oden, Aida Touma-Suleiman and Yousef Jabareen.

Demonstrators take part in a May Day march, Nazareth, April 29, 2017. (Maria Zreik/Activestills)
Demonstrators take part in a May Day march, Nazareth, April 29, 2017. (Maria Zreik/Activestills)

The march ended around midday, and was followed by speeches and the singing of a Communist anthem by youth members of the Communist Party.

Demonstrators take part in a May Day march, Nazareth, April 29, 2017. (Maria Zreik/Activestills)
Demonstrators take part in a May Day march, Nazareth, April 29, 2017. (Maria Zreik/Activestills)

Some May Day events have taken place early this year, due to Memorial Day in Israel — which is scheduled according to the Hebrew calendar — falling on May 1.

A display referring to the ‘Kaminitz Law,’ which would see the Israeli government step up demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures built without permits, at the May Day march in Nazareth, April 29, 2017. (Maria Zreik/Activestills)
A display referring to the ‘Kaminitz Law,’ which would see the Israeli government step up demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures built without permits, at the May Day march in Nazareth, April 29, 2017. (Maria Zreik/Activestills)