Small showing at rival social protest march in Tel Aviv
By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
July 14, 2012 22:14
About 150 protesters bearing signs calling for social justice and more government spending in the periphery marched down the emptied Tel Aviv promenade from north to south on Saturday night.
Organizers of the gathering, which aimed to be an alternative to the larger demonstration that was taking place at the same time at Rabin Square, said they set up a separate protest because they believed the other event had become politicized.
"The social justice movement has succeeded in gaining the attention of the public, but some conflicts within the leadership of the movement occurred which is why we are here," said Rahum Herzl, of Nahariya, who was one of the organizers. "Right now, for instance, there is a protest in Haifa organized by Hadash," a Jewish-Arab socialist party.
Rahum accused Daphni Leef and other icons of the social protests of having a concealed political agenda.
"They are dependent on political parties and sponsors and we are not," he said while directing the marchers down the promenade..
Bored policemen lined the cordoned streets waiting for the small group of marchers to pass on their way to Jaffa.