Among the speakers were three students from the Florida high school where 17 people were murdered in a mass shooting last month.
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Eden Hebron, a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, saw her best friend gunned down next to her just five weeks ago. On Friday she stood at an anti-gun rally in Tel Aviv and told the crowd about the long minutes in her freshman-English classroom when a former student opened fire from the hallway.
The rally largely drew Americans, some who live in Israel and are dual citizens. Among them were alumni of Stoneman Douglas High School. The majority of the demonstrators were students on gap-year programs between high school and college.
Maria Hubert, a 19-year-old from Long Island, was among about 90 students in the Nativ program, the gap-year program of the Conservative movement, who came to Tel Aviv for the rally from across the country.