Israel braces for social rallies

2011-08-13 14:24

Jerusalem -The leaders of a social protest movement that has rocked Israel for a month called on demonstrators to "get out of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem" to bolster demonstrations on Saturday in a dozen other cities.

"We are expecting tens of thousands in Beersheva in the south where the main gathering will be held," protest leader Uri Metuki told AFP.

The goal, he said, is to expand the geographic and demographic scope of the movement, as so far the middle class has been the driving force behind social justice rallies.

"The main gathering will be held in Beersheva in the south, but there will also be events in Haifa (Israel's third-largest city), Netanya, Afula, Beit Shean, Eilat and Dimona," another organiser, Stav Shafir, said on Friday.

"In these periphery cities people's lives are even more difficult than in the centre, near Tel Aviv. It is essential to express the solidarity of the whole movement with the populations of these communities," she added.

Israel has been gripped since mid-July by a rapidly growing protest movement demanding cheaper housing, education and health care.

Last Saturday, more than 300 000 people demonstrated in Tel Aviv and other cities calling for "social justice" and a "welfare state".

  • Xysecret - 2011-08-13 15:23

    Ya , I will love to see the double standards exercised by the western nations , when it happened in Muslim countries there were sanctions and threats , etc. im sure they will be very quiet like they were in the UK Riots case ....

      cava1 - 2011-08-13 15:34

      Where were the human rights abuses in the UK? The west becomes involved when dictators in undemocratic states butcher their own people.

      Met - 2011-08-13 15:40

      Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, amongst an ocean of Arabic/Islamic dictatorships, in case you did not know!

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-08-13 15:38

    All about the new world order. Shutting down the middle class, so that there will only be two classes of people, the rich and the poor.

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