Thousands Join Social Protests in Israel

By Haaretz

Published August 27, 2011.
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Thousands of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday night to participate in demonstrations protesting the high cost of living in Israel.

In Tel Aviv, around 10,000 protesters marched from Habima Square to the intersection of Ibn Gvirol and Shaul Hamelech streets, where a rally was held.

Noam Shalit, the father of captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, participated in the Tel Aviv rally.

In Jerusalem, around 2,000 protesters marched to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence. The rally was held under the banner “Protest creates reality, we are building a just society”.

In Rishon Letzion, around 4,500 people demonstrated, according to a police estimate.

Around 1,000 people took part in a protest near Kibbutz Ma’anit and around 500 in a protest in Katzrin.

Stav Sapir, one of the leaders of the protest movement, told Channel 2: “There is nothing to be dissapointed about. The whole concept of this matter is to go out and do. This is the sixth [Saturday night] that we have taken to the streets and in my view it is a success that people are still coming to do this. Everyone is talking about a million-person march next week. In my view, this is terrific, this is a success.”

The movement against the high cost of living in Israel began in mid-July, when tents were set up on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard to protest apartment prices.

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