Social justice protesters in Habima Square 370.
(photo credit: Michael Omer-Man)
In the wake of recent government budget cuts, tax hikes and the absence of a
solution that would enact universal army or national service for all Israelis,
social justice activists plan to hold a rally Saturday night that they say will
bring the movement to a new level.
Called “The quiet majority is uniting
for a protest rally,” the event is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum
and is being organized by Itzik Shmuli, head of the National Union of Israeli
Students, protest leader Stav Shaffir and leaders of the “Camp Sucker” universal
The protest will also host representatives of the
organization Yesh Sikui (“there is a chance”), which boasts former Mossad head
Meir Dagan and Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center President Uriel Reichmann among
On the protest’s Facebook page, organizers said the rally
is being called because of the new social cuts, in particular the increased
taxes which have forsaken the promises the government made to lessen the cost of
At the same time, a competing demonstration is planned by social
justice protesters, many of whom object to the rally at the museum in particular
because of the participation of Shmuli, Shaffir, and representatives of the Camp
The alternative protest is set to include a march from
the Habimah National Theater to the Interior Ministry offices at Kaplan Street,
where protesters said they plan to camp out overnight.
earlier this week that two previous event pages for the protest mysteriously
disappeared from Facebook.