Tel Aviv protest August 6, 2011 (Tal Cohen)
Thousands of social justice protesters in Tel Aviv, August 6, 2011 Photo by Tal Cohen
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Moti Milrod
Protesters in Tel Aviv, Saturday, August 6, 2011 Photo by Moti Milrod
Tomer Appelbaum
Protesters in Tel Aviv, August 6, 2011 Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
Daniel Bar-On
Protesters in Tel Aviv, Saturday, August 6, 2011 Photo by Daniel Bar-On
Abdullah Shama
Protest at Shomrim junction, Saturday, August 6, 2011 Photo by Abdullah Shama

Approximatley 300,000 people gathered Saturday night in Tel Aviv, 20,000 participated in Jerusalem, 3,000 in Kiryat Shmona, 5,000 in Modi’in,1,000 in Hod Hasharon and 1,000 in Eilat. However, those close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the media had inflated the numbers of participants in the protests.

In Tel Aviv, people marched from Habima Square, near the tent city on Rothschild Boulevard, to the Kirya defense compund on Kaplan Street.

Protesters chanted "The people demand social justice" and "An entire generation demands a future."

A number of signs that were hung on Kaplan Street read "Resign, Egypt is here."

"Young people of Israel, our time has come," said National Student Union Chairman Itzik Shmuli at the Tel Aviv rally.

This marked the third consecutive week a rally has been held in Tel Aviv. Smaller demonstrations also occurred in Ashkelon (more than 500 protesters), Dimona (around 200 protesters) and Eilat (1,000 protesters).

Around 1,000 protesters blocked the Shomrim Junction in the Jezreel Valley. The rally was held under the slogan, "The northern periphery is awakening."

Police closed Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv off to traffic early on Saturday in anticipation of the rally, and will only reopen the main avenue at 4:00 A.M. on Sunday. Several other major roads in the central part of the city were blocked during the demonstration.