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Parents marching in Tel Aviv on July 28, 2011 as part of a nationwide movement known as the 'stroller march.' Photo by Alon Ron
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Israel’s stroller marches continued for the third week in a row when hundreds of families marched across the country in favor of widespread social reform.

Families in Eilat, Holon, Bat Yam, Kiryat Motzkin, Rehovot, Hadera, and Tel Aviv marched in favor education reform, extending maternity leaves, and easing tax burdens on families with child care expenses.

The Tel Aviv march, which began in Ichilov Hospital and ended in Kikar Hamedina, included striking doctors, residents, and their children. During the protest, attorney and protest organizer Yael Barda told the crowd that Israeli families “deserve a prize” for raising children under such difficult economic conditions.

One doctor in the crowd said that raising a child in Israel costs a lot of money, and that raising two children “amounts to a full salary”.

A large rally will take place in Be’er Sheva this coming Saturday, and will include several famous artists that the organizers hope will draw in large crowds. The organizers hope to attract at least 50,000 people to the event, in order to show that the “struggle is not Tel Aviv-based, but rather it is everybody’s struggle”.