A thousand demonstrators marched through Tel Aviv to the beat of drums on Saturday night, protesting the 45-year-old Israeli presence in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, conquered in the Six-Day War.

The crowd gathered at Rabin Square and proceeded under heavy police escort down King George Street to the Meir Garden.

Left-wing Jewish activists and Palestinians marched side by side under banners that read “No social justice without an end to the occupation,” the theme for the event. They chanted, among other things, “We want peace. We must fight.”

Demonstrators also expressed solidarity with the citizens of Syria.

Roads in the area were blocked off to traffic.