The streets of cities across the country were jammed with an estimated 400,000
protesters on Saturday night, in the largest show of force yet for the
social-issues protest movement that has dominated the headlines for two
Aviv, the marchers streamed out of Habima Square at 8 p.m. on their way to
Hamedina Square, where the final rally was held. The rally was headlined by
Mizrachi music superstar Ayal Golan and featured speeches by protest movement
leaders Daphni Leef and Itzik Shmuli, the latter the head of the National Union
of Israeli Students.
The demonstrations were held under the banner “They [the
government] only understand numbers.”
Saturday’s events were billed by
organizers as a turning point, an all-out push for a critical mass of protesters
to force the government to present solutions to the issues addressed by the
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It was expected to be the climax of the mass-street-protests
phase of the movement, before participants fold up their tent cities ahead of a
long process of negotiations and dialogue with the government.
Rallies were also held in Jerusalem, Haifa, Afula,
Karmiel, Eilat and several others cities.