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ISRAELIS DEMAND REFORM IN MASS PROTEST!
Hundreds of thousands of Israelis continued their mass protest and march against the government to demand social justice, and fight against the rising cost of living.
Hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday night in Israel’s biggest ever demonstration to demand social justice, a lower cost of living and a clear government response to the concerns of an increasingly squeezed middle class.
About 430,000 people took part in marches and rallies across the country, according to police. The biggest march was in Tel Aviv, where up to 300,000 took part. There was an unprecedented 50,000-strong protest in Jerusalem, and 40,000 marched in Haifa. There were smaller protests in dozens of other towns and cities.
It had been billed as the “march of the million” but organisers said a turnout matching the 300,000-strong demonstrations four weeks ago would be a triumph. Israel’s population is 7.7 million.
Saturday’s demonstrations followed 50 days of protests that have rattled political leaders and led commentators and analysts to ask whether a new social movement would transform Israeli domestic politics for the next generation.
The main issues that the Israelis are demonstrating against are the high cost of living, transport, childcare, food and fuel, coupled with the low salaries that are paid to established professionals such as doctors and teachers.
Though Israel is a leading state with a booming economy, the fact that many middle-class Israelis have taken to the streets to symbolise their discontent, cuts a clear message to the Netanyahu administration.
Good on the Israelis for demanding equality.
My Problem With Mass Political Movements
Whenever I read discussions, I’m torn between wanting to go, “Yeah, that’s a good point, we SHOULD be angry about this!” and “ARGH YOU IDIOTS THAT’S NOT HOW REALITY WORKS”. And this is when I’m looking at “my” side of an issue.
It seems like the people who know what they’re talking about and can look at multiple sides of an issue get lost in the mass of less-informed people shouting slogans and sound bites. Ultimately, sound policies don’t actually make for good slogan, making large-scale protests—and even debates on open fora like the Internet—rather problematic when trying to institute change and reform.
Bluh. People are complicated.