Israeli anti-austerity movement reviving

This video says about itself:

We are the majority – marching the streets

Israeli social protest is taking a more assertive approach as a response to the latest homophobic remarks of MK Anastassia Michaeli, the refusal of the Tel-Aviv city hall to allow the re-opening of tents on Rothschild Boulevard, and the aggresive arrests of protesters that have become common lately. The 23/6 demonstration in Tel Aviv included blocking roads, the glass doors of banks were smashed, and many arrests of demonstrators (most of them, unnecessarily violent) took place.

From +972 blog in Israel:

Sunday, July 1 2012

Thousands march in Tel Aviv; J14 protesters block J’lem light rail

The largest J14 protest this year ended without the arrests and police violence seen last week.

Around 10,000 protesters marched in Tel Aviv yesterday (Saturday) in demand of social justice. This was the largest J14 protest this summer thus far, but it was a far cry from the size of similar rallies last year. Hundreds gathered in several other Israeli cities, including Haifa, Jerusalem and Afula. On the other hand, demonstrations last year also started out the same size after the first tent was erected on 14 July, and grew by the week – reaching half a million only in September.

In Jerusalem, protesters blocked the route of the light rail. As part of an agreement between the city and the private company that runs the rail, demonstrations are not allowed near the route of the train, including in central squares which had been used for protests for decades.

In Tel Aviv, protesters marched from Habima Square to the museum square. Several hundred people split from the main rally, in protest against the organizers of the rally, who were more affiliated with the Labor (Avoda) party and much less so with the Mizrakhi neighborhoods and periphery, and marched through central Tel Aviv roads, swelling in size throughout the night. The police, which was criticized for the use of force against protesters last week, kept its distance and allowed the march to continue, but heavy police forces were present in the streets, including, for the first time, an unrecognizable armored vehicle, which appeared to serve as a mobile communications and photography base for police.

The protest in Tel Aviv included a block of protesters carrying signs against the occupation, the most common of them being “Democracy for all, from the sea to the Jordan.”

DELAYS in Palestinian Authority employees salaries are unacceptable and government workers’ concerns must not be ignored, a union leader said last Tuesday: here.

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  1. Israel Military Industries to be hit by strike

    IMI (Israel Military Industries) employees are to strike on Sunday, after the Ministry of Finance delayed paying salaries.

    Globes reported this as a way to “apply pressure in the talks on the company’s privatization.”

    The Histadrut (general trade union federation in Israel) announced the planned strike Tuesday, after previously declaring a dispute at the company.

    Starting from Wednesday, IMI staff have stopped showing up for the second and third shifts, and ceased working overtime. The workers are also threatening to suspend two scheduled tests for foreign buyers.


    Egyptian ceramics workers protest non payment of wages

    Hundreds of Cleopatra Ceramics workers demonstrated outside Egypt’s Supreme Court in Cairo, Thursday. They denounced employer Mohamed Abul-Enein, a former member of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP).

    One worker, Ahmed Roshdi, told Ahram Online, “Abul-Enein stands in opposition to around 25,000 workers at Cleopatra factories nationwide. He insists on reneging on his promises to distribute profit shares to the workers.”

    As well as non payment of wages, Abul-Enein faces charges of “unjustly sacking factory workers.”

    In March, around 4,000 workers at the Cleopatra Ceramics factory in Ain Sokhna staged a strike to demand wage increases, bonus payments and a share of company profits. In May, work stoppages disrupted factory operations for 12 days after company management stopped providing free transportation for workers. Public transport costs represent an ever larger portion of workers’ wages.

    Cleopatra Ceramics has a presence in more than 100 countries. Its Ain Sokhna factory is one of the largest ceramics plants in the Middle East.

    Abul-Einein was summoned for questioning in a number of corruption cases following last year’s uprising, but no charges were ever brought. On Thursday, the prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud issued a travel ban on Abul-Enein, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported.


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