Tens of Thousands Amass for Tel Aviv Social Protest

Be'er Sheva protest canceled due to barrage of rockets in Israel's south; Jerusalem protest attracts 3,000; protests mark almost 2 months since largest protest in county's history.

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Some 20,000 people gathered Saturday night for a social protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, almost two months after the largest protest in Israel's history took place.

In Jerusalem, about 3,000 people gathered and 200 gathered in Rishon Letzion.

Mass demonstrations in Israel's social protest movement.Credit: Daniel Bar-On

The social protest in Be'er Sheva was canceled after the Home Front Command forbade public gatherings of more than 500 people, in light of the barrage of rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel.

Rockets fired from Gaza Saturday exploded in Ashdod, Gan Yavne, and west of Be'er Sheva, wounding three men and causing damage to private and public property.

Thousands arrived at the Tel Aviv protest after marching from the corner of Habima Square and Rothschild Boulevard.

Additional protests are also planned for Haifa and Kiryat Shmona.

Saturday's social protests mark almost two months since 450,000 people across Israel gathered calling for social justice, in what was the largest demonstration in Israel's 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 leaders Daphni Leef and National Student Union Chairman Itzik Shmuli both addressed the Tel Aviv crowd. "Mr. Prime Minister, the new Israelis have a dream and it is simple: to weave the story of our lives into Israel. We expect you to let us live in this country. The new Israelis will not give up. They demand change and will not stop until real solutions come," Shmuli said at the September 3rd rally.

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