Social protest – 27.8.11
Social protesters demonstrating on Ibn Gvirol Street in Tel Aviv on August 27, 2011. Photo by Tal Cohen
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Social protest leaders will hold “Thousand Table” events throughout Israel on Saturday night, in which a thousand roundtables will be set up to discuss pertinent social issues in lieu of the mass protests that have been taking place nearly every Saturday for over a month, Army Radio reported.

Protest leaders have called this the “phase two” of the social protests, after the majority of Israel’s tent cities were dismantled earlier this week. Close to 30 different cities and towns will be holding “Thousand Table” discussions, the report said, in which the public can bring up an array of social issues. The discussions will reportedly be broadcasted live on the internet.

The sessions will be led by 1,000 moderators, the report said, some of whom are professional life coaches, group leaders and mediators. The roundtable discussions are meant to take place in groups of ten that are to represent diverse segments of Israeli society, the report said.

Some of the cities that will be holding “Thousand Table” events include Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva and Afula.

Last Saturday over 450,000 protesters attended rallies across the country calling for social justice in what was the largest demonstration in Israeli history.

The main protest took place in Tel Aviv's Kikar Hamedina, where some 300,000 people gathered after marching from Habima Square about two kilometers away. Protest leader Yonatan Levy said the atmosphere was like "a second Independence Day."