Israelis say Netanyahu, resign

This video is called #M12 Occupy Israel 20000 People at Rabin Squere Tel Aviv May 12 2012.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Activists call for Netanyahu to resign

Sunday 13 May 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Six thousand Israeli citizens marched through Tel Aviv yesterday to demonstrate against the high cost of living and social inequality.

Protesters marched from three working-class neighbourhoods to Rabin Square while smaller demonstrations took place in Jerusalem, Haifa, Kiryat Shmona in the north, Eilat in the south and several other cities.

Participants held up placards reading, “The people demand social justice” and “we want social justice, not charity.”

Many identified with the anarchic Indignant movement in Europe and insisted that the event was not political.

Nevertheless, around 1,000 protesters marched on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in east Jerusalem to demand his resignation in light of soaring food costs, low wages and education budget cuts, while at least nine people were arrested for blocking roads.

The turnout was much lower than last year, when hundreds of thousands marched and protest camps popped up in city centres.

The government responded to those mass demonstrations by setting up a committee tasked with providing solutions.

National Student Union chairman Itzik Shmuli said: “The cosmetic response provided by the government to the problems raised by the social protest does not satisfy us.

“We’ll renew the protest in full force should the government continue its foot-dragging.”

One participant in yesterday’s rally who gave his name as Yotam said: “I was at the protests last summer and nothing changed.

“The place where change happens is in the Knesset and we aren’t represented there.

“There is power in the streets but it needs to be used.”

Unlike last summer, the “Occupy Israel” social protest Saturday night included explicit anti-government messages and universal human rights language. Could this be the start of a civil rebellion? Here.

Spaniards enraged by politicians’ failure to reverse economic policies that have left one in two young people out of work took to the streets in force over the weekend: here.

Mass Anti-Austerity Protests Sweep Through Spain. Staff, RT News: “At least 100,000 protesters angered by the country’s grim economic prospects turned out for street demonstrations in 80 cities across Spain. In the capital Madrid, thousands of protesters chanted and beat drums as they marched from different directions to converge on the central Puerta del Sol Square. Marches were also held in Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga and Seville. The four day-long demonstration marks the one-year anniversary of the ‘Indignants’ protest movement, as Spain’s economic woes deepen by the day”: here.

Spain is slashing health and education budgets – but there’s plenty of cash left for bankers: here.

Eleven anti-capitalist protesters were arrested this weekend in central London amid allegations of heavy-handed policing after a rally through the capital: here.

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  1. Press Release May 15, 2012

    Gush Shalom: The agreement with the hunger striking prisoners prevented at the last minute a general flare-up in the Occupied Territories – but with no end in sight to occupation and settlement, this is no more than a temporary postponement

    The government of Israel had no choice but to reach an agreement at the last minute with the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and accept a significant part of their demands. Had the hunger strike continued and led to the death of some of the strikers, it would have caused a general conflagration in the Occupied Territories. The security experts understood this very well, and fortunately the political echelon took their advice.

    However, the agreement with the prisoners provides no more than a temporary delay. The real problem remains the same: the occupation which tramples upon Palestinians and which in a few weeks will be forty-five year old – more than two thirds of Israel’s entire history – and the ever-expanding settlements which grab more and more of the Palestinians’ meager remaining land. Prime Minister Netanyahu provided himself with a broad government coalition which could give him backing for whatever policy he chooses – but so far he only utters empty words on being ready to enter negotiations, while refusing to stop settlement expansion or make any commitment on where the borders are supposed to be set. In this situation, the countdown continues; the chances of reaching a peaceful solution are shrinking, and the danger looms of a disaster engulfing Israelis, and Palestinians alike.

    Adam Keller, Gush Shalom spokesperson +972-54-2340749


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