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Israelis take to the streets in renewed social justice protests

Thousands gather in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square; rallies throughout country held under banner 'Returning the country to the citizens'.
More rallies held nationwide. Similar rallies were held throughout the world on Saturday in "Global May," an 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 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.




Latest Update: 05.12.12


Social protest is back? Thousands of Israelis gathered Saturday evening at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square for a rally activists characterized as the opening shot of a renewed nationwide social protest.


Earlier in the day, demonstrators marched from various locations across the city, before meeting at the Square for the evening's main event. The protestors held signs calling for "sane housing prices," greater equality, and the initiation of a "Hebrew spring" – referring to last year's Arab world upheaval known as the "Arab spring."



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 corruption".



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".


Some protestors attempted to block roads in the area. At least nine people were detained at the site by police.



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 people.

Earlier this week, around 1,000 people held a protest in Tel Avivagainst the unity deal that was reached between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz.





http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israelis-take-to-the-streets-in-renewed-social-justice-protests-1.429828



http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4228084,00.html


Added: May-13-2012 Occurred On: May-13-2012
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  • I was there, seemed nice, but lack the energy of last summer.

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  • Good post. It's nice to be reminded that Israel does have some sane people.

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    • @NoGodButAlan

      Of course it does.

      The sane people in Israel are trapped between the religious crazies and the right wing warmongers.

      The first don't contribute shit to the economy and don't want to go to the front line. They are the biggest welfare recipients in the history of welfare systems.

      The second group are very similar to the Tea Party people in the US, working middle class but not very bright. Useful idiots, easily manipulated and very nationalistic. They're happy to pay their tax More..

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    • @God_Himself Well said. All true. 100%

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    • @God_Himself

      Just one correction- "The second group" you were talking about are not happy at all (most of them) from the current economy situation (high prices, low salaries) and they are the biggest slammers of our gov. economy policy.

      During the last summer social protest you could see thousands of them in the streets and on the tent compounds.

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    • @aydeo

      They are bound to wake up. Your government's economic policies are similar to the GOP's but on steroid.

      I read a report the other day (comparing world economies) that said that Israel has 1.7 million people considered poor and over 800,000 kids go to bed hungry every night.

      I was very surprised aydeo because it's supposed to be a rich country no?

      You might say NZ has its problems too but we're not waisting money on the military industrial complex or maintaining an expensive occupatio More..

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    • @aydeo Would this "second group" be the "silent majority"?

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  • when israeli jews will get to the streets to claim that they are not really god's chosen people, and that god does not really owe them something, I'll start to give a fuck wether they are getting slained and harrased by muslim. Until then they can rot in the shit hole that is the middle east.

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    • @Davaeron
      THats funny...i rarely hear Jews saying they are Gods chosen people....its usually ignorant Jew haters that bring this up.

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    • @Davaeron Only after you rot in a shithole first...Never again! Take your pimple medicine and piss peanut cookies,fat retard.

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    • they don't say it often cause they know, and it's obvious, it will offend the ''non jews'' but they don't think less.

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    • @cltcwarlord my province and my country is blossoming with wild territories, forests, untamed rivers and abondant ressources. We are tolerant, peacefull, adaptable and overall, seek unity. I don't know many jewish people but I know Israel is arid, xenophobe, sterile, angry, belligerent and warmongering. in a decade, or less, theres no doubt tel-aviv and Jerusalem will be a cesspool.

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    • @cltcwarlord now take my uncut woody in your mouth and stfu.

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  • social justice is a commie word

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  • Bibi will soon start a war with Iran and all these pissy little protests will be forgotten.

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