In the evening on June 24 about 30 thousand protesters marched in Tel Aviv. Activists sought social justice, blocked the main streets and carried banners "Mubarak. Assad. Netanyahu. "
Tel Aviv police arrested 42 activists, which according to +972 Magazine is extremely rare, if not unprecedented case.
The protests are part of a more wide movement that began as opposition to the growth of housing prices, and continues to revolve around this problem, but covers other problems of social justice.
The protests called "the most serious challenge to Netanyahu in domestic politics, and demonstrate that the progressive left in Israel are having an impact.
Maybe change is coming to Israel.
Noam Sheysaf provides not a bad description of how last week the protests began to unfold:
It actually happened overnight: walking last week on Friday morning near Habima Square in central Tel Aviv, I saw some tents where there were only a few 10 s of people who responded to the online appeal against the increase in rental prices. On Saturday evening was filled with tents already whole Rothschild Boulevard. A couple of days later, the tent protests have become the dominant theme in news reports.
Housing Minister Ariel Attias said that the protesters are just cranky babies, which shall be removed to leave the highly popular center of the country, but by Tuesday tents were already in Jerusalem, Be'er Sheva in southern Israel and Kiryat Shmona in the north, near the Lebanese border . On Wednesday, protesters tried to break into empty apartments in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the tents on Rothschild Boulevard is already stretched for blocks, and on the weekend was planned marches and rallies. Friday's newspapers said Benjamin Netanyahu sees the tent protests as a greater danger own ruling coalition.
The protests, which began as an expression of anger against the growth of rental prices in towns across the country, have caused more more strong reaction after the response of the Netanyahu government, which first was filled with aggressive rhetoric and allegations that are part of more wide of the left movement, funded by agencies such as the New Israel Fund. The initial rhetoric, when heard the statement that it is less than the part of the political plan "Zionist Left" has caused more more stormy anger and resentment.
Such a response from the Netanyahu government promoted the widening protests that have switched to growth in rental prices for a range of social legal issues: the rights of women, the rights of trade unions and education reform, and the rest, with a chant of "revolution", which could be heard yesterday NIGHT MODE.
The sign reads "Mubarak. Assad. Netanyahu. "
So far, the protests grow, and all the shows that they continue to grow and spread as far as their inclusion in the Israeli progressive Left.
For the first time, like its neighbors, Israel yesterday NIGHT MODE "bucked". Yes, at the genesis of the Israeli protests may be different, but all of these rebellions share a similar trend: dissatisfaction current modes.
Reports to the Israeli Haaretz:
The protesters reached the residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and tried to block the adjacent streets, calling on Netanyahu to resign. Then they were dispersed by the police, and continued to move to the Knesset.
Meanwhile, across the country continue to appear campgrounds, demonstrating that the crisis for the ruling class of Israel, it seems, is just beginning to grow.
Here are protesting in front of the Knesset, chanting in Hebrew "We demand social justice."
In a very exciting moment, entitled "Israeli protests against housing prices have nothing to do with the occupation," Aziz Abu Sarah says:
This argument is no longer hold water. On Saturday 10th of thousands of people protested in Tel Aviv against the problems associated with housing. The main streets of the town turned into tent cities. Doctors and students are protesting against the yardstick of their own labor, as prices for food and gasoline grow dramatically. Teachers' salaries are reduced each year. Social democratic standards on which Israel was created, disappear. The rich get richer and the poor and remain poor.
It amazes me that many Israelis are not able to see the ongoing relationship between occupation and the challenges now facing the internal neuvvyazkami Israel, Israel appeared in the West Bank, but failed to provide housing for its citizens within its territory. The current Israeli government is focused on improving the standard of living in the settlements (meaning settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories; approx. Mixednews), but can not provide the same for the whole country.