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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hundreds of thousands join ‘social justice’ rallies in Israel

Demonstrators nationwide call to reduce cost of housing, food and education; protesters take to streets in TA, J'lem, Haifa, Beersheba.

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis took part in protests held in cities across the country on Saturday night, the largest collaborative protest yet in a popular movement over social issues that has swept the country in the past two weeks.

Taking to the streets and to the microphones to protest the high cost of housing, food and raising children, as well as low salaries, people demonstrated in cities that included Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Nazareth, Kiryat Shmona, Modi’in and Ashkelon.

They issued a list of demands that included government price controls; standards for education in the periphery that are the same as those for the center of the country; free education from birth; free university tuition; and quality healthcare for everyone. They also demanded better salaries and benefits for social workers, police and other public servants.

Also, in Tel Aviv at least, the protests seemed to be taking a stronger anti-Netanyahu tone than before, with more and more protestors, chants, and signs calling for the PM's ouster. (more)