Israelis take to the streets in renewed social justice protests (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Ilan Lior and Haaretz 05/13/12)
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A number of social justice rallies were held across Israel on
Saturday evening, with the largest taking place in Tel Aviv where
thousands of people gathered in Rabin Square.
Protest marches in Tel Aviv began in the Shapira, Levinsky, and
Hatikva neighborhoods, before uniting and continuing on to Rabin
Square. Demonstrators chanted "We want justice, not charity"
and "Taking from the poor, giving to the rich, what a country of
"The message is one against the political system that does not count
the citizens," Orli Barlev, a rally organizer, told Haaretz. "What we
saw this week [the unity government deal] were moves that resulted
from personal interests of power and control."
"This government has greatly deepened social gaps," she continued.
Rallies were to be held in cities throughout Israel, including
Jerusalem, Haifa, Kiryat Shmona, Nahriya, Pardes Hanna, and Eilat,
under the banner of "Returning the country to the citizens".
Similar rallies were held throughout the world on Saturday in "Global
May," a international day of protest marking the anniversary of the
protest in Puerta del Sol, Madrid, where a massive people’s assembly
took control of the famous square in 2011.
The protest in Spain, itself an echo of the Arab Spring, was the
first of many such protest movements in the West, including the
Occupy Wall Street protest in New York and other metropolises in the
English-speaking world and the Rothschild Boulevard cost of living
tent protest in Tel Aviv and in other Israeli cities.
Last summer, a social justice protest movement swept Israel, with
tent encampments sprouting up in cities throughout the country and
weekly demonstrations that grew to include hundreds of thousands of
Earlier this week, around 1,000 people held a protest in Tel Aviv
against the unity deal that was reached between Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz. (© Copyright 2012
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