Israelis demonstrate against gas monopolist privatisation

This video says about itself:

Israel: Hundreds march against US-Israel gas deal in Tel Aviv

4 July 2015

Hundreds of protesters marched through Tel Aviv, Saturday, to demonstrate against the Israeli government’s plans to let an American-Israeli energy group keep control of two of the country’s major natural gas deposits.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thousands fight oil deal

Monday 9th november 2015

THOUSANDS of Israelis protested against a government deal with US gas monopoly Noble Energy on Saturday evening.

About 7,000 people marched through the capital Tel Aviv while hundreds more demonstrated in Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba.

Police pushed protesters back, arresting 10 in clashes. Three were also detained in Beersheba.

“The authorities are trying to help Big Money ‘clean up’ at the expense of Israeli citizens,” protest organiser Yossi Dorfman told reporters. “To ‘clean up’ from natural resources that belong, by law, to the citizens of Israel.”

At the Haifa rally Communist Maki party MP Dov Khenin said the deal would corrupt politicians and “give away our natural resources to tycoons.”

“This struggle is not only economic and social but also over democracy, since there can be no democracy under the rule of money,” he said.

The dodgy deal, described as “the great gas robbery,” has torn up anti-monopoly legislation and led to the resignation of economy minister Aryeh Deri on November 1.

Right-wing Yisrael Beitenu MP Orly Levy-Abekasis told the Times of Israel: “The gas monopoly has already led two regulators to be kicked aside and has sent ministers running.”

If approved, US Noble Energy and the Israeli Delek Group will gain access to the country’s largest offshore gas field — dubbed the Leviathan — which is estimated to contain up to 535 billion cubic metres of gas.

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3 thoughts on “Israelis demonstrate against gas monopolist privatisation

  1. “Internal Security Minister Erdan, add us to your Blacklist!”

    In response to the announcement by Israel’s Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, that he is setting up a unit in his ministry to compile names of Israelis who boycott settlements and include them in a computerized database, already more than a thousand Israeli citizens signed the petition “Minister Gilad Erdan, note it down: we, too, boycott the settlements !!”

    The petition text follows:

    We, Israeli citizens deeply concerned for the future of our country, are highly disturbed by the deterioration of civil rights in Israel and the increasing violation of the rights of minorities and dissenters. It has just become known that the Minister of Public Security, Mr. Gilad Erdan, seeks to compile a database of Israelis who call for the boycott of settlements. This move comes on the heels of an Israeli Government decision to block the entry to Israel of non-Israelis who support the boycott of settlements.

    UN Security Council Resolution 2334 calls upon UN member states to differentiate between Israel proper and the occupied territories. Settlements create a reality of apartheid, are responsible for extensive human rights violations against Palestinians, and lead to actions of ethnic cleansing.

    Our response to those actions is to call upon all decent persons, in Israel and abroad, to ANNOUNCE A TOTAL BOYCOTT OF THE SETTLEMENTS — ECONOMIC, CULTURAL, AND ACADEMIC — and will do our utmost to convince others that such a boycott is essential for the preservation of Israeli democracy.

    (There follows the list of more than a thousand signatories, some of them well-known academics and public figures).

    The text and list of signatories was sent to Erdan’s bureau, with the following covering note:

    To: Mr. Gilad Erdan, Minister of Internal Security – re: Please add us to your “Black Lists”

    We are Israeli who support total boycott of settlements. We learned that you instructed your underlings to collect data on those who support such boycott (of an “area under Israeli control”). We regard the settlements as causing extreme harm to Israel, and therefore request you to include our names on your lists. You or your underlings may also view at your leisure the online petition, to which more and more constantly adhere, so as to further extend your Black Lists.

    Indeed, we strongly urge you to do so, since all who sign this petition fully intend and expect to be included in your Black Lists, and would feel offended if their names were to be excluded.


    The Petition Organizers


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