Activists to Stage May Day Rally in Tel Aviv Tuesday Night

Social activists, youth groups and left-wing political groups plan May 1 march.

Social activists, youth groups and left-wing political parties will convene in Tel Aviv tonight for a May Day rally.

The march will commence at 6:30 P.M., at Habima Square, and continue to Rabin Square, where a rally will be held. Speakers scheduled to appear at the rally include MK Dov Khenin (Hadash), MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz) and representatives of last summer's cost-of-living protest and the kibbutz movement.

"On May 1, we will see who genuinely sides with the social protest movement - and the desire to bring about real change - as compared to those who simply joined the bandwagon," said Alon-Lee Green, a prominent activist within the movement.

"We will march to demand justice for all who live here," he added. "The May Day protest will be the first of the coming summer's wave of demonstrations."

There are, indeed, signs of renewed stirrings in the protest movement. Activists connected to it have, in recent days, announced plans to stage two large events - a protest rally in Habima Square on Saturday May 12, and a million person march on July 14, to mark the one-year anniversary of the first tent's appearance on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.

Thousands of Israelis have already confirmed their intent to take part in the events, via Facebook. There have also been online discussions about the possibility of erecting tents tonight at Rabin Square. Whether this is a serious plan remains to be seen.