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Israelis Hold Renewed Mass Protests Over Living Costs

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14777260

Israelis have again taken to the streets in mass protests over the high cost of living.

At least 250,000 people joined the protests, with the main rallies in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, although some Israeli media put the turnout as high as 400,000.

They are the latest in a series of protests held throughout the summer.

Many Israelis are angry at the high cost of housing, food, education and health care.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government has responded by forming a committee to examine calls for reform, although he has warned he cannot meet all the protesters' demands.

The biggest protest on Saturday, part of what organisers had dubbed a Million Man March, appeared to be in Tel Aviv.

Student union president Itzik Shmuli told the crowd: "They told us that the movement was slowing down. Tonight we are showing that it's the opposite. We are the new Israelis, determined to continue the fight for a fairer and better society."

One banner read: "An entire generation wants a future" and another "The land of milk and honey, but not for everybody".

Jonathan Levy, one of the protest organisers, told the BBC: "All the non-rich people in Israel, no matter if they're secular or religious, old or young, realise that we've abandoned some really important battlefields in this country, that is economy, and we only dealt obsessively with security problems."

The BBC's Jon Donnison, in Tel Aviv, says the Israeli government - with its eyes on the impact of people-power elsewhere in the Middle East - has been taken a back by the spontaneity and scale of the demonstrations.

He says many other countries look enviously at Israel's growing economy but people here feel the wealth has not been shared.

Many of the protesters are from a middle class that has had to bear a hefty tax burden and conscription into the services.

The movement began in mid-July - when some Israelis angry at housing costs pitched tents in a Tel Aviv neighbourhood - and has burgeoned.

Mr Netanyahu has appointed a panel of experts to meet protest leaders and assess their demands.

But some demonstrators say this is an attempt to stall.

How long before this happens here?

I thought so to. It's just never going to happen while the countries full of sheeple.

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Do they have housing benefit in Israel?

Here, the scroungers will claim that indefinetly, and riot if it were ever done away with.

The priced out middle and working class will continue to take it up the ass, overpay for private rents, live with family, houseshare, live in undersized homes, live in bad areas etc, because thats what they do. Too proud to claim, and too scared to complain. What if i miss a days work to protest? What if i get a criminal record etc etc.

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Do they have housing benefit in Israel?

Here, the scroungers will claim that indefinetly, and riot if it were ever done away with.

The priced out middle and working class will continue to take it up the ass, overpay for private rents, live with family, houseshare, live in undersized homes, live in bad areas etc, because thats what they do. Too proud to claim, and too scared to complain. What if i miss a days work to protest? What if i get a criminal record etc etc.

so it seems,yet again that the problem is one of a few rich people hoarding,and denying the basic necessities of life to others.

same in the US,same in the UK.

I do hope the rulers of all of the above are paying attention(tent cities were supposed to be a precursor of judgement upon the old isreal..or rather it's leadership)

...and US and isreal have them.....we just have chav squats for now,fortunately.

about face....quick march.

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Mr Netanyahu has appointed a panel of experts to meet protest leaders and assess their demands.

They'll try to use the old trick of buying off the leaders hoping the whole headache will go away. Unfortunately, the internet et al makes that tactic far less easy to implement than before. Interesting times.

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How long before this happens here?

'Israelis hold renewed mass protests over living costs':

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14777260

The BBC's Jon Donnison, in Tel Aviv, says the Israeli government [...] has been taken aback by the spontaneity and scale of the demonstrations.

'London Riots: Social Collapse?':

http://louise-jones.suite101.com/london-riots-social-collapse-a383734

Everyone in the UK is taken aback by the intensity and scale of the disorder that has engulfed the City of London in the last three days.

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Do they have housing benefit in Israel?

Part of the problem...

'Sustaining Protest Energy In Israel':

http://www.rense.com/general94/sust.htm

(1) Since 2003, rent assistance for eligible recipients was cut in half, then reduced another 30%.

'Israeli Social Protests: About Social Justice, Equality, & Democracy'

http://www.jewishboston.com/72-new-israel-fund/blogs/2418-israeli-social-protests-about-social-justice-equality-democracy

According to the Bank of Israel, the price of the average Israeli home has risen nearly 50 percent since December 2007 with rent prices also climbing sharply. Over the past year alone, apartment prices have risen 15 percent. Thus, despite Israel's impressive economic growth, more and more Israelis, especially the young and disadvantaged, simply cannot afford to buy or even rent a home.

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