Housing protest in Tel Aviv 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
Ten protests across the country calling for "social justice" began
Saturday night, the largest of which was a march in Tel Aviv, mirroring a
protest that took place one week ago with some 20,000 participants.
thousands of protesters in Tel Aviv began marching from Tel Aviv's
Habima Square, the epicenter of weeks-long tent protests for affordable
housing, protests were taking place as far north as Kiryat Shmona and
Haifa, in Jerusalem, and as far south as Beersheba and Ashkelon. Other
protesters took to the streets in Ashdod, Modi'in, Ra'anana and
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Saturday, some 20,000 people answered a call by the protesters who have
been living in tents on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard for over two
weeks now, initially organized to protest the high cost of housing.
The housing protests, however, have since turned into a wider call for
social justice. Organizers promised that they would expand on their
specific demands in the protest Saturday at a rally to take place outside the Tel Aviv Museum.
In Jerusalem, at least 4,000 protesters set out on a march from the
central Ben Yehuda pedestrian promedane through Kikar Zion toward Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's official residence, chanting slogans
calling for a social justice. Among the chants shouted by protesters,
was, "We want social justice, not charity."
In Haifa, some 8,000 people turned out for a similar march, police estimated.
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Speaking with Channel 2, organizers in Tel Aviv said they were happy
with the turnout, saying that they would remain in Habima Square "as
long as it takes."Jonah Mandel contributed to this report
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