Dafni Leef 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Demonstrations will soon resume and could become more "extreme" than past protests, social protest organizer Daphni Leef said Thursday morning in an interview with Army Radio.On October 9, Leef criticized the government's approval of the committee's recommendations. “Where’s the public housing? What about daycare?
What about our crumbling health care system? Now is the time when real
solutions are needed,” said Leef.
will always be against violence, but if this government does not pull
itself together and work for its citizens, people will understand
that they have nothing to lose,"
explained Leef. "The government is not even trying to show results or real changes... During the last two weeks we have begun feeling angry and insulted because we are simply not being answered."
Trajtenberg: Economic woes 'deeper than we thought'
Social protest leaders slam approval of Trajtenberg report
The government commissioned the
Trajtenberg Committee on Socio-Economic Change to seek a solution for the high housing cost across the country in response to the social protests over the summer. The committee's recommendations were passed in cabinet and constituted a substantive amendment to the country’s taxation regime. The new system, which will become law on January 1, 2012, include direct tax cuts for low-income families and tax hikes for higher-income
earners and corporations.
added “if the problem that brought us out into the streets was the
housing crisis, how come the government isn’t offering a single
meaningful solution to this? Where is the public housing? Where is the
affordable housing? In many different countries in the world,
governments have come to the conclusion that they must get involved in
the housing market. This report doesn’t offer any solution, only a
continuation of the same policies that brought us to the current
joined other leaders of the protest movement in calling for the formation of a special
“welfare state” budget for 2012. She said that she believes that
solutions to the social problems facing Israel can be found in a report
compiled by a team of advisers working with the protest movement, a
document entitled the “Spivak report.” The report calls for a new
“social budget” for 2012, with a greater allocation of government
spending towards social issues.
Ben Hartman contributed to this report