Thousands of Israelis Protest Against Austerity Measures

Protests are taking place in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Be'er Sheva, in front of the prime minister's house in Caesarea, and in front of businessman Yitzhak Tshuva's house in Ramat Poleg.

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday evening to protest against the government's planned austerity measures.

The main event and largest demonstration was taking place at Tel Aviv's Habima Square, while other protests were taking place in Jerusalem, Be'er Sheva, in front of the Prime Minister's house in Caesarea and in front of businessman Yitzhak Tshuva's house in Ramat Poleg.

Hundreds of protesters assembled in Habima Square in Tel Aviv, many carrying signs reading, among others, "It's time to tax the rich," "A country stinking with money," and "It's enough."

In Be'er Sheva, hundreds also marched in protest of the government's new economic policies. The protesters assembled in Reger Boulevard in central Be'er Sheva. Among the signs carried by protesters were "The Negev demands social justice" and "There is no future with Bibi and Lapid." 

In front of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's private residence in Caesarea, dozens of protesters gathered, chanting slogans such as, "Bibi, I too am poor," "There is no future with Bibi and Lapid," and "Instead of giving to the poor, they give to the rich, what a corrupt government." One of the protest's organizers Baruch Oren said that they plan to make the protest a weekly event and come to protest at the prime minister's residence every weekend.

Last week too saw a large demonstration in Tel Aviv against the government's austerity measures. Some 10,000 protesters marched in central Tel Aviv. At the same time in nearby Ramat Gan 300 people protested across from the house of Minister of Energy and Water Silvan Shalom in protest of the export of Israeli natural gas. Protesters blocked roads. At least two people were arrested. 400 people marched in Jerusalem. In Haifa some 200 people participated in a demonstration.

People protesting the government's new economic policy.
Oren Nechushtan