Thousands of Israelis demonstrate at anti-government rally
August 04, 2012
“The time has come for an all out war,” say Israeli students, social activists and the country’s movement for equality in military service laws. The groups are joining forces for a major anti-govt protest in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.
RT’s Paula Slier tweets from the demonstration that there’s been a “clash between activists from two separate protests.”
Earlier, she reported that at least five thousand demonstrators had gathered in front of the Tel Aviv Museum.
“Tonight’s protests could be a make-or-break moment for the social movement depending on how many Israelis they can draw to the streets,” Slier reports.
Leaders of the disparate movements are hoping that thousands of demonstrators will flood the capital for the protest.
One of the main causes behind the planned demonstration is the recent approval of austerity measures and tax hikes, which have plunged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s popularity to record lows.
Over 60 percent of Israelis are unhappy with Netanyahu’s job performance, according to a survey published by Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz.
“This isn’t only a young people’s campaign,” news website The Times of Israel quoted Chairman of the National Student Union Itzik Shmuli as saying. “It’s the campaign of everyone who bears the economic, social and defense burden – everyone who cares how this country will look in a few years.”
“The time has come for an all out war,” said Stav Shaffir, one of the unofficial leaders of the social justice movement.“We must stand up and show that we know how to join hands when necessary… to continue to fight in order to save this place, which we love so much.”