Protest leaders Dafni Leef, Stav Shafir 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Activists from the social justice protest movement on Tuesday called for a
nationwide “peoples strike,” to begin on November 1, arguing that their demands
are not being addressed by the government.
In a statement released on
Monday, leaders identified with the movement said the strike would follow a mass
protest on October 29, in which “the masses will take to the streets in a
massive demonstration to call on the prime minister one last time to answer the
demands of the people.”
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“On November 1, 2011 we will start a peoples
strike – the first of its kind in the history of the State of Israel – and
launch an additional stage in the historic struggle for social justice… we will
all go on strike because of our individual distress, but also in order to show
solidarity with the hardships of others. We will not stand alone.”
press release said the movement will work over the coming two weeks to recruit
as many citizens, businesses, organizations and social institutions as possible
to take part in the strike.
Tel Aviv resident Daphni Leef, widely viewed
as an unofficial leader of the movement, is quoted in the statement as saying
“for three months we have shouted and no one there [in the government] is
listening… three months of a justified protest – a demand for social justice. We
have power, and on the 1st of November, 2011, we will show that we have power
and we can stand up and go on strike.”
In the statement, members of the
movement repeated their call for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to scrap the
2012 national budget, and work on drafting a new “social budget” for 2012.