Tel Aviv protests against austerity measures

Social justice activists held two parallel demonstrations in Tel Aviv to protest new Israeli government austerity measures.

Some 2,000 participants attended a demonstration Aug. 4 at the Tel Aviv Museum organized by several established social protest organizations, the Israeli business daily Globes reported. The rally also called for universal military conscription.

The other demonstration, which also had about 2,000 participants but was not sponsored by any specific organizations, marched through the city, ultimately joining the museum demonstration.

Itzik Shmueli, chairman of the National Student Union, said that the Netanyahu government has “breached the agreement you made with the people. An agreement that says that if we work hard, you will let us live in dignity.” — jta