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Thousands of Israelis Mount New Protests

A number of social justice rallies were held across Israel on Saturday evening, with the largest taking place in Tel Aviv where thousands of people gathered in Rabin Square.

Protest marches in Tel Aviv began in the Shapira, Levinsky, and Hatikva neighborhoods, before uniting and continuing on to Rabin Square. Demonstrators chanted “We want justice, not charity” and “Taking from the poor, giving to the rich, what a country of corruption”.

“The message is one against the political system that does not count the citizens,” Orli Barlev, a rally organizer, told Haaretz. “What we saw this week [the unity government deal] were moves that resulted from personal interests of power and control.”

“This government has greatly deepened social gaps,” she continued.

Rallies were to be held in cities throughout Israel, including Jerusalem, Haifa, Kiryat Shmona, Nahriya, Pardes Hanna, and Eilat, under the banner of “Returning the country to the citizens”.

For more, go to Haaretz.com

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