Sunday, September 04, 2011

Meanwhile in Israel

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday night in Israel's biggest ever demonstration to demand social justice, a lower cost of living and a clear government response to the concerns of an increasingly squeezed middle class.

About 430,000 people took part in marches and rallies across the country, according to police. The biggest march was in Tel Aviv, where up to 300,000 took part. There was an unprecedented 50,000-strong protest in Jerusalem, and 40,000 marched in Haifa. There were smaller protests in dozens of other towns and cities.

  UK Guardian

Lest you be misled, the “social justice” they are demanding is not for Palestinians. It’s for a higher standard of living.

Daphni Leef, one of the organisers of the original tent protest, said: "This summer is the great summer of the new Israeli hope born of despair, alienation and impossible gaps … The Israeli society has reached its red line, and has gotten up and said 'no more.' This is the miracle of the summer of 2011."

And I hope they get what they’re after. But if they don’t, then I’m pretty sure there isn’t going to be a lot of sympathy from their neighbors in Palestine.

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