'Stroller March' Protests Hit Israel

By Gili Cohen and Ilan Lior (Haaretz)

Published July 28, 2011.

Thousands of people gathered in 16 locations across Israel Thursday, in what has been dubbed “the strollers march,” to protest the high costs of raising a family. Parents marched with their children in simultaneous protests in Tel Aviv, Rishon Letzion, Holon, Yehud, Modi’in, Ashdod, Sderot, Ra’anana, Nes Tziona, Rehovot and Be’er Sheva. A similar march will be held in Jerusalem on Sunday.

“The country has breached its contract with the citizens, and has betrayed us,” said a mother who took part in one of the protests. “People thought that if they work hard, pay taxes and have children everything will be alright.”

The organizers’ demands include free education starting at the age of three months, making nanny expenses tax-deductible, canceling the fee for a stroller when using public transportation, government oversight of products such as diapers and milk substitutes and extending maternity leave.

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