Tent City Leaders Demand Lower Taxes and Housing Subsidies

By Gili Cohen and Ilan Lior (Haaretz)

Published August 02, 2011.

After setting up a joint protest headquarters on Tuesday, representatives of the 40 tent encampments scattered across Israel, students and youth groups released the agreement reached and the guidelines for negotiating with the government.

The demands include lowering indirect taxes, canceling the national housing committees bill, free education starting at the age of three months and increasing the Housing Ministry’s assistance budget to mortgages and rent.

The activists also demand steps be taken in the health care system, such as more positions, more beds, medical equipment that upholds the standards of OECD countries, an end to the privatization of welfare institutions and mental health center, and a commitment to a gradual cancellation of contractual work in the public center.

For more, see Haaretz.com



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