Tel Aviv rally (Photo: Moti Kimchi) via
from Hurriyet Dailynews by TEL AVIV – Agence France-Presse
More than 20,000 Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other places across the country late on Saturday in fresh protests against the spiraling cost of living, media reports said.
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Tehila Sasson
Is Israel?s tent protest part of the ?Arab spring?, or closer to the housing protests of 1960?s Britain? How we answer seems to determine whether or not this protest is newsworthy.
Why isn?t the tent protest in Israel covered in the global news? A quick search in the newspapers around the English speaking world suggests that the tent protest has not even been covered by its biggest newspapers. Why is that?
As protests grow, Israelis abroad rethink their attitudes to the homeland
Israelis abroad are watching the unfolding events in their homeland with awe, hope ? and skepticism. Some of them have left for studies, some for work ? and some have left for good because life was just too hard here. Have events changed the way the perceive the country they left?
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Naama Nagar
This remarkable movement needs to strengthen its democratic decision-making processes, including marginalized groups in the negotiations, ensuring welfare for the poor, not only for the middle classes.
Winds of change have been blowing in Israel over the past few weeks, as citizens are taking to the streets en-masse to protest “social injustices”, including: the housing shortage, high costs of living in general, increasingly low salaries, lack of welfare services, deteriorating conditions of employment and many other topics. The protests are inspired by the Arab Spring, but especially by the Spanish 15-M, and are similarly led by the younger generation and organized using new media. What started as a one-woman initiative grew almost overnight into a massive popular power: last Saturday’s multi-site demonstrations were frequented by some 150,000 people, and it is estimated that 80 different tent-camps are spreading across the country, with more and more groups joining it every day: mothers, youth movements, workers from various sectors, non-profit NGOs and more. Yesterday, riding the tide, the Histadrut, the largest trade union in the country also joined the struggle.