Daily Israel Report

Confused Protest in Tel Aviv: ‘Occupation,’ or High Prices?

Confusion at Tel Aviv rally as protesters disagree on what they are protesting.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 6/2/2013, 8:35 AM

Protest (file)
Protest (file)
Hezki Ezra

A rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday night turned confusing as protesters could not agree on what they were protesting, an eyewitness told Arutz Sheva.

The rally had been promoted as part of the series of “social justice” protests that began in the summer of 2011. However, many protesters turned up with signs protesting not unemployment or tax hikes, but the “occupation” – Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria (Shomron).

Hundreds of people took part in the march, which proceeded from Kaplan Street to King George Street.

“It was pretty weird,” activist Noam told Arutz Sheva. Noam had planned to take part in the rally in protest of the impending tax hike, but “when I realized that these were far-left people I left the protest and went back home,” he said.

“The protesters themselves were confused,” he added. “Some were strange people who didn’t understand if it was a far-left rally or a middle class protest that just wanted to protest the new economic decrees.”

Some tried to reconcile the two issues by arguing that if Israel were to leave Judea and Samaria, the government would be able to reduce the VAT and other taxes, Noam said.

In recent months "social justice" rallies have increasingly failed to draw public participation.