Israel Protests Plan To Fan Out Across Country

By Ilan Lior (Haaretz)

Published August 12, 2011.
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For the first time since the beginning of the social protests that have swept Israel over the past month, protesters will not be gathering for a march in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, and instead protests will take place in at least 11 other cities across the country.

The main events will take place in Be’er Sheva and Afula. Activists are also preparing for marches in Eilat, Dimona, Modi’in, Petah Tikva, Ramat Hasharon, Hod Hasharon, Netanya, Haifa and Beit Sha’an.

Speakers have still not been confirmed for the mass rallies on Saturday, but a list of musicians have volunteered to perform before the crowds. In Be’er Sheva, Hadag Nachash will be playing, along with Achinoam Nini, Yeremy Kaplan and Kobi Oz.

“The idea is a general expression of solidarity with the different tent city protest sites in the country,” said Yonatan Levi, one of the protest leaders.

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