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08/13/11

Israelis brace for mass demonstrations

Source: PressTV

Organizers of the Israeli protests movement have called for yet another mass demonstration against the rising house prices and social inequalities.

The demonstrations are to be held in Tel Aviv as well as in a dozen other cities on Saturday, AFP reported.

The main goal of extending the demonstrations across Israel has been to expand the movement's demographic and geographic reach.

"In these periphery cities, people's lives are even more difficult than in the centre, near Tel Aviv. It is essential to express the solidarity of the whole movement with the populations of these communities," said Stav Shafir, one of the organizers of the protests.

Israelis have for nearly a month demonstrated against Tel Aviv's bad handling of the economy, which has resulted in an increase in social inequalities.

More than 300,000 anti-government demonstrators took to the streets last Saturday, in what has been described as Israel's largest socio-economic demonstration ever.

The protesters have demanded a new taxation system of lower indirect taxes and higher direct taxes, free education and childcare, and more investment in social housing and public transport.

Additionally, they have called for the resignation of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

An opinion poll published by Israel's Channel 10 television late on Tuesday showed that 88 percent of the respondents supported the protest movement.

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