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Protest against Netanyahu's economic policy Photo: Moti Kimchi
Protest against Netanyahu's economic policy Photo: Moti Kimchi
 
 

Hundreds protest against economic measures

Hundreds protest in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem against recent economic measures; 'Israel is deteriorating, it's a slippery slope towards becoming a dictatorship,' says one protester

Boaz Fyler
Published: 08.18.12, 23:55 / Israel News

Hundreds of people gathered in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Saturday to protest against the government's new economic measures.

 

Among the protesters in Tel Aviv were Tamir Hajaj, who has been on a hunger strike for the past 22 days, and Benny Peretz, a former Black Panthers activist.

 

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"I'm weak but I decided to come to show my support for the cause and my friends who are doing so much. I won't stop my hunger strike, even if I end up in the hospital," said Hajaj.

 

"I will continue to strike until the prime minister agrees to meet with me and then I will tell him that this game is over. We can't take these economic measures anymore," Hajaj added.


המפגינים בתל אביב, יצאו מכיכר הבימה לקריית הממשלה (צילום: מוטי קמחי)

Tel Aviv protest against economic measures (Photo: Moti Kimhi)

 

Naama Ben Simchon, who also demonstrated in Tel Aviv, told Ynet: "I can't sit back while this policy continues. We won't be silenced. This country is deteriorating and it's a slippery slope towards becoming a dictatorship. That scares me."

 

Meanwhile, dozens protested outside of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem, following the violent brawl between Arabs and Jews which occurred on Thursday, in which an Arab teen was injured.

 

The protesters chanted "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies," and wielded signs reading "Where will the police be next time a lynch occurs?"

 

Several protesters further called the government "racist," while others protested against the possibility of Israel attacking Iran.

 

Noam (Dabul) Dvir contributed to this report

 

 

 

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