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Israel's middle class in mass protest

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Israel's middle class in mass protest


An uprising of the Middle Class – that is how demonstrations of up to 120,000 people across Israel are being dubbed.

An estimated 50,000 gathered in Tel Aviv alone, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s housing reform last Tuesday.

His approval rating has dropped to 32 per cent as the price of basic goods and housing rises.

“People who contribute to the state, go into the army, fight and pay ridiculously high taxes can’t make ends meet. They can’t afford a standard, one-bedroom apartment,” said one protestor.

The biggest social movement in Israel in four decades started last month with a boycott on dairy products when prices shot up.

The crowds – including Israeli Arabs – accuse the government of being in the pockets of financial chiefs and say they are fed up with an Israel of “monopolies and cartels”.

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