North Tel Aviv tent protest 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Protest leader Daphne Leef called
for a renewal of protests and a "national strike" during a press
conference in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square Tuesday morning.
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Leef, who became an emblem of the huge demonstrations and tent cities around Israel over the past summer, called for the strike to include "all citizens across the country, pupils,
students and workers." She said that for "one day," the strike would be "an act of protest
against the difficult social situation in the State of Israel and the
government's outrageous disregard for the protest wave."
"There is no Left and Right," Leef said, in an attempt to reinforce the tent
movement's broad support base. "There is only moral and immoral."
In a mocking rebuke to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Leef said,
"You returned Gilad Schalit to his home, but the first word you said was
'I.' You are not the point here, the point is the seven million
citizens in Israel."
In her message to Netanyahu, Leef referred to the Occupy Wall Street
protests in the "the United States you love so much," as proof of the
legitimacy of continuing protests.
She denounced the Tel Aviv
municipality for evacuating the remaining tent protesters in early