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    Posted July 24, 2011 by
    Tel Aviv, Israel

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    Tens of thousands protest in a rally at Tel Aviv against the Gov. & prices rising


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Shachar3 documented the protests in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the evening of July 23, 2011. The protests, which began as a Facbeook group earlier this July, focus on popular discontent with rising housing costs. Shachar3 comments, 'Unlike many organized protests in Israel, in this one, the energies and emotions were high and authentic. You can see that although some organizations did try to take over the rally, this one was a social and mostly apolitical protest that was led by civilians.'
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    Hello, CNN. This is my report from Tel Aviv, Israel. On Sat. night, Tens of thousands protest in a rally against the Gov. & prices rising.

    According to the police, more than 20 thousands participated. The rally is a part of the continuous "tent cities" protest, that keep going on for more then a week, & which spread to other cities, such as Beer Sheva & Ashdod (S. Israel) & Kiryat Shemone (N. Israel). The tent city in Tel Aviv stretched to more than 200 tents in the center of city. The rally starts from the tent city toward the defence ministry ("haKirya").

    One of the protestors leader, Daphni Leef, said on he stage that she is shocked from the number of the protests, grow so radicalyy only within one month. The protestors main slogens were: "The government have replacement, civilians don't have", "Fighting for the house", "welfare state now" & so on.

    It is important to mention, that the protest is not only due to the rising of the apartment prices, but also on other financial issues in Israel & on the general feelings by many Israelis, that the gov. is neglecting the social care.  

    The protestors emphasized the a-political aspect of the rally, clayming that it is but a social protest by civilians from all parts of the population. Indeed, most of the protestors were common middle class civilians, but one could not notice the participance of the left & radical left parties, as well as that many of the posters mark symbols & icons from the left wing parties. 

    At the end of the rally, police arrested some 20 protestors, according to news media, that block roads in the city.


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