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Tel Aviv: Some of an estimated 400,000 Israelis demonstrate in Tel Aviv on September 3, 2011 against rising housing prices and social inequalities in the Jewish state.

Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets of Israeli cities demanding “social justice.” The rally has already been called the largest in the history of the Jewish state.

­According to local media, more than 400,000 Israelis took to the streets in cities across the country on Saturday night. More than 300,000 are said to be protesting in Tel Aviv near the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence, and more than 100,000 demonstrated elsewhere, particularly in Haifa and Jerusalem.

The estimated figures were record breaking, exceeding even the 300,000 people who took part in similar demonstration on August 6.

There have not been any reports from the police yet.

Many Israelis are angry with living costs and the government’s handling of social issues, including education and health care.

The protestors want Prime Minister Netanyahu to enact economic reforms. A committee to examine the call for reforms has been formed, but the prime minister has warned he cannot meet all the protesters’ demands.

The most recent demonstration marked the eighth week in a row of protests around Israel. The movement , dubbed by organizers the “March of the Million,” began in mid-July when some angry Israelis set up protest tents in Tel Aviv and other cities across the country.


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One Response to " Record crowds protest in Israel "

  1. Jean-Francois Morf says:

    Even in Israel, the enrichment of so many billionaires Israelis traders (storytellers) into multi-billionaires speculators has transformed many thousands Israelis millionaires (story believers) into homeless jobless new poor…
    Billions never fall from heaven!

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