The demonstrators chanted "The people demand social justice," and called for a nationwide strike to take place on November 1. Some of them set dumpsters on fire. At one point, a group of activists broke off and continued to march towards the Sourasky Medical Center. Daphni Leef, who initiated social protest this past summer, attended the march.
The tent encampment that was set up on Rothschild Boulevard have long been removed by the Tel Aviv Municipality, but not before awakening a nationwide protest movement that touched upon all aspects of the escalating costs of living in Israel. Several mass rallies were held as result, drawing hundreds of thousands of citizens.
Leef with protesters: My tent used to be here (Photo: Ben Klemer)
Oren Pasternak, one of the movement's leaders, told Ynet during the march that "the protest has just began. We are not just here to mark 100 days since the first tent was pitched on Rothschild Boulevard, but also to prove that the protest hasn't ended yet. We will continue to stage demonstrations and operations on the ground.
"The Shalit family fought on the ground to get its son back, and it succeeded," he added. "The struggle is for the benefit of Israel in its entirety. We have learned that when the people want something and fight for it, they get it, just like in Shalit's case. The efforts to free Gilad Shalit were a social protest as well."
The government responded to the rallies by announcing a series of measures to address the housing shortage, and appointing a committee of experts to propose additional solutions to the social and economic issues brought up by the protesters. While the government approved the recommendations proposed by the team, they were rejected by the protest leaders.
Eli Senyor contributed to the report
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