Noam Shalit to Speak at Tel Aviv Social Justice Protest

Demonstrations to be held in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as a number of smaller locales.

Ilan Lior
Gili Cohen
Oz Rosenberg
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Gili Cohen
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Leaders of Israel's social protest movement are preparing for additional mass rallies scheduled for Saturday night.

In Tel Aviv, demonstrators will march from Habima Square to the intersection of Ibn Guvriol and Shaul Hamelech streets, where a rally will be held.

Israelis attending a social justice protest in Haifa, August 13, 2011. Credit: Hagai Frid

Noam Shalit, the father of captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, will speak at the Tel Aviv rally. Gilad Shalit, who has been held captive by Hamas for over five years, will turn 25 on Sunday.

In Jerusalem, demonstrators will march to Paris Sqaure, where a rally will be held under the banner "Protest creates reality, we are building a just society".

Additional demonstrations will be held in Rishon Letzion, Bakat Ono, Katzrin, Jaffa, Harish and Tiberias.

The movement against the high cost of living in Israel began in mid-July, when tents were set up on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard to protest apartment prices.

Since then, tent cities have popped up throughout Israel and demonstrations have brought millions of Israelis onto the streets.

In the largest protest, 350,000 Israelis took part in demonstrations across the country on Saturday, August 6.

The largest demonstrations have been held in Tel Aviv, but smaller protests have taken place from Kiryat Shmona in the north to Eilat in the south.

Last Saturday, a low-profile, silent demonstration was held in Tel Aviv, due to the terrorist attacks that had occurred two days earlier on the Israel-Egypt border and the escalation of rocket fire in the south.

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