Half Million March in Israel
NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING
DONATE TODAY

Half Million March in Israel


Israelis skeptic of gov't- appointed committee to look into protest demands, organize biggest protest in country's history -   October 3, 14
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter


I support The Real News because it is one of the very few outlets that informs without the superficial and pretentious claims of objectivity seen in MSM and even so-called public news sources. - Tony
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN

Precis

Israelis talk about gov't appointed committee meant to deal with the demands of the mass social protest movement that started on July 14 and organized the biggest marches in the country's history ==== Israel's "March of the Million" brought out more people than any other protest in Israel's history. Meanwhile the government has decided to keep quiet, only appointing Professor Manuel Trachtenberg to head a committee to look into the demands of the J14 movement. Started on July 14, this march was the sixth in a row, and while many on the street have different ideas about how to move ahead, most have little faith in the Trachtenberg committee. The Real News' Lia Tarachansky reports from Tel Aviv and talks to protesters about how to move forward.

Transcript

Half Million March in IsraelLIA TARACHANSKY, TRNN: On Saturday night nearly 500,000 demonstrators marched in Israel's largest demonstration to date.

CROWD (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): People demanding social justice.

TARACHANSKY: Per capita, this number is more than five times bigger than the number of demonstrators in Tahrir Square during Egypt's uprising. Two of the movement's lead organizers spoke at the rally. Itzik Shmuli is the head of the student union at the Tel Aviv University.

ITZIK SHMULI (SUBTITLED TRANSLATION): Our Israel demands a change in the set of priorities of its governments. This square is full of the new Israelis, who'd be even willing to die for this country, but who demand from you, Mr. Prime Minister, to let us live in this country!

TARACHANSKY: Daphne Lief was the first to set up a tent on July 14, sparking the movement in the tent cities that sprung up throughout the country.

DAPHNE LIEF: This summer we woke up and refused to keep going on, with our eyes closed, towards the abyss.

TARACHANSKY: For more than a week, graffiti and posters popped up throughout the country calling on Israelis to join the protest. The same day, an op-ed in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth by Stav Shaffir, who's one of the main organizers, called for the government to recognize the demands: "This circle will keep growing until it breaks through our government's walls and it starts to comply with our demands. We demand to see our government members losing sleep and losing weight as a result of the burden of responsibility on their shoulders." Until now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has mostly kept quiet. He appointed, however, a committee headed by Professor Manuel Trajtenberg to deal with with the demands. Trajtenberg, of the Tel Aviv University, is the former head of the Economic Policy Board under the former prime minister, Ehud Olmert.

CROWD (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): They take from the poor and give to the rich. What a corrupt government!

DEMONSTRATOR (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): [This committee] was created by the people because of whom there's a protest here, because of their policies. Many of the people in this committee, including Trajtenberg, took part in processes that brought people to the street today.

DEMONSTRATOR (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): He is Bibi's man. He was sent by Bibi so Bibi can keep his hands clean without doing anything.

DEMONSTRATOR (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): Unfortunately, I have doubts regarding Professor Trajtenberg's abilities, though he's a great and wise person, to really change things, unless the government takes what's happening here on the streets seriously and understand their responsibilities.

TARACHANSKY: Much of the pessimism around the committee's ability to cause real change stems from Trajtenberg's previous work. In 2007, he authored a report commissioned by the former prime minister, where he emphasized the need to minimize the gap between the rich and the poor. In an article in ... outlined that the report relied heavily on what they call neoliberal thinking, meaning that it emphasized investing in the top industries with the hope that prosperity would trickle down. Regardless, they say, none of the suggestions were implemented by the government. But not everyone is as doubtful.

DEMONSTRATOR (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): I think people aren't really giving Trajtenberg a chance. I think ... I've seen many signs here against the committee all together. I'd rather give it more of a chance, to listen, to see what's possible, and then, after decisions are made, go and criticize.

~~~

TRNN (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): What in your opinion needs to happen now?

DEMONSTRATOR (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): This protest has to continue until the government resigns and we have new elections.

~~~

DEMONSTRATOR (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): For the next stage, politics has to be part of it. Organization, political parties, people with similar thinking need to come together with some political background and start moving things.

DEMONSTRATOR (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): The very fact that it was brought forward before the public eye is already a success. The fact that they're thinking twice before reducing any social sector is already a success. It didn't exist before. The very fact that the government froze the rise in fuel prices to avoid an outcry is already a success. I believe it's a process. This nation needs to get used to protesting. We're not used to this. We have to understand this is the beginning of something.

SIGN (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): Privatization

UNIDENTIFIED (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): I am 25. What are my main memories from this country? The Second Lebanon War, the period of suicide bombings, friends who died then, the murder of Rabin, Gilad Shalit. I'm the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. That was my consciousness, moments and memories full of death. At the protest in Afula I saw a sign: "I'm proud to be an Israeli 31 days". I stand before you, proud to be an Israeli for seven weeks now.

TARACHANSKY: Protest organizers are now rethinking how to move forward while waiting for the conclusions of the Trajtenberg Committee, promised to be released by the end of the month. For The Real News, I'm Lia Tarachansky in Tel Aviv.

End of Transcript

DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


More Info


Comments

Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

Comments


Latest Stories


As Trial Approaches, What Has Changed Since Freddie Gray's Killing?
Who "Recovered" in Post-Katrina New Orleans? (1/2)
Members of Syriza's Central Committee Defecting to Popular Unity
Bullock Trial Begins Friday
Why is Sanders Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?
Reaganism and Thatcherism were Intellectually Dishonest - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
First Canadian Officer Convicted for Mass Arrests at 2010 G-20 Toronto Summit
What Would Happen to the Eurozone if Greece Leaves?
Katrina Victims Were Forced into Exile
National Day of Action Pushes Democratic Senators to Support Iran Deal
International Law and "The Responsibility to Protect" - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)
Days of Revolt: State Violence and Counter Violence
The Sky Is Not Falling? China's Stock Market Impact
Why is Saudi Arabia Now Supporting the Iran Deal?
The PLO's "Game of Musical Chairs"
GRITtv with Laura Flanders: New Orleans and the Economics of Recovery
Chelsea Manning, the Nuremberg Charter and Refusing to Collaborate with War Crimes - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)
A Fire In My Soul
Smoke and Mirrors of Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash
Computer Voting and Stealing Democracy
Questioning the Underlying Structures of Property and Power is "Off the Table" - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
AIPAC Spending Millions to Defeat Iran Deal, But Efforts Are Falling Flat
Sanders: Great White Hope or Hype?
Moving Towards a Police State - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (7/7)
Decades of Relentless Austerity in Canada Could Defeat the Conservatives
Chicago Parents Launch Hunger-Strike for Community Input in School's Future
Athlete Turned Artist & Movement for Black Lives Conference
Marx and Tolstoy Helped Me See the Limits of Liberalism - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)
Greek Left Platform Creates New Popular Unity Party
Macedonian Police Clash With Refugees at Greek Border

RealNewsNetwork.com, Real News Network, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of IWT.TV inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting