Israel Brief May 13, 2012: Social protest rallies held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

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Social protest rallies held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 5-13-12

Social protest rallies were held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and three other Israeli cities.

The Saturday night rallies, held also in Haifa, Kiryat Shemona and Pardes Hana, were called the beginning of nationwide social justice protests such as those that took place across Israel last summer.

Several thousand Israelis protested in Tel Aviv, with demonstrators marching from poorer southern neighborhoods to Rabin Square. At least nine demonstrators were arrested.

Hundreds marched in Jerusalem toward the Prime Minister’s Residence.

The rallies were part of an international day of protest to mark the first anniversary of the first social justice protest that took place in Puerta del Sol, Madrid.

Rallies in Israel are expected to pick up toward the end of June following the last university final exams.

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Israel Brief October 3, 2011: Last Tel Aviv’s social justice protests tent cities evacuated

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Tel Aviv tent cities evacuated

Source: JTA, 10-3-11

The tent cities remaining in Tel Aviv from this summer’s social justice protests were evacuated.

Police and Tel Aviv city inspectors evacuated at least three tent city sites on Monday, as well as empty tents on the main Rothschild Boulevard site. A court injunction prevented a full evacuation of that site.

Those who were evicted from the sites are mostly homeless, according to reports. City social workers have spent several days trying to find places for the homeless tent city dwellers, according to the municipality.

The municipality said it would establish “dialogue centers” on the sites.

Israel Political Brief September 5, 2011: 405,000 Social Protesters Hit Israel’s Streets for March of the Million

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405,000 Social Protesters Hit the Streets

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 9-5-11

Israel’s middle class staged a massive show of strength last night when 405,000 protesters rallied in city streets throughout the country. There were an estimated 292,000 protesters at the largest rally in Tel Aviv, according to figures provided by Trendit to Channel 2 News. The demonstrators marched from Habimah Square at the northern end of Rothschild Boulevard to Kikar Hamedinah, where a major rally was held to protest the high cost of living and demand affordable housing and social justice.

At the same time, there were large rallies in Israel’s other major cities. 50,000 demonstrators gathered in Jerusalem, and 35,000 in Haifa as well as protests in Kiryat Shmona, Carmiel, Nahariya, Afula, Ness Ziona, Arad and other towns. There were no protests in Beersheva and Ashkelon because of security concerns. This was the eighth consecutive Saturday night of major social protests, and the largest so far.

According to figures provided by Trendit, 62% of the demonstrators in Tel Aviv were from the bottom 40% of the population in terms of israel protestsincome, while 18% of the protesters were from the top 10% of income earners.

Protest leader Dafni Leef said, “The struggle has not yet fulfilled its aims but rather has moved up into a new phase. I’m as poor as ever but as happy as I have ever been.”

At the end of the protest she said, “The summer of 2011 is the summer of hope. This hope was borne from the social gaps that have become impossible to bridge. Israeli society which has come here this evening, as well as those who stayed home have reached a red line and has said enough, no more. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of them all of the time. This summer we woke up and opened our eyes.

Protest leader Stav Sapir said, “This struggle will go on beyond the summer. We will continue to struggle while the government ignores us. The government is playing for time and waiting for the protests to tire, and is expecting that the events in September will cause the protest to fade. But we haven’t yet brought to bear all the pressure on the government that we can. We have creative ways to continue to protest such as these Saturdays.”

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