Israel Political Brief August 28, 2011: Social protesters march for sixth consecutive week in Israel over economic equality

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Social protest demonstrators march for sixth consecutive week

Source: JTA, 8-28-11

Some 20,000 demonstrators protested across Israel calling for social and economic equality.

The protests Saturday night marked the sixth consecutive weekend that Israelis have marched in social protests.

Some 10,000 gathered in Tel Aviv, joined by Noam Shalit, father of captured soldier Gilad Shalit, who said that social justice means bringing all Israeli soldiers home.

Jews and Arabs marched together in the Wadi Ara area of northern Israel, demanding not only social justice, but also to not expand a planned development for haredim in the area.

On Aug. 26, the five-month doctors’ strike was resolved. “This agreement is an additional step in a series of socio-economic steps that this Government has taken in various fields in order to improve Israeli society and reduce gaps,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s Cabinet meeting.

“We are not neglecting – neither as a result of our security responsibility nor of our economic responsibility – anything regarding our responsibility to implement social reform in the State of Israel.  We are doing this.  The Trajtenberg Committee is working with all due urgency.  It will submit its recommendations to us next month.  This is a very serious committee and we are talking about serious and responsible steps.  These will not be small steps, but major ones and will be submitted to the Socio-Economic Cabinet in the coming weeks.  Ours is a genuine commitment to social reform and the reform we are talking about is both genuine and serious,” Netanyahu said.

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