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Israelis protest over high cost of living

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Israelis protest over high cost of living


Many public services in Israel have been at a standstill after local authority workers went on a one-day strike in protest over the high cost of living.

Streets remained uncleaned, rubbish uncollected, and government offices were closed.

Since mid-July protesters have denounced the cost of housing and consumer goods.

Dozens have been camping out on one of Tel Aviv’s main streets, calling on the government to tackle the problems. One of the protesters there told reporters “This protest is a reaction to 20-30 years of a misleading government policy. It’s a capitalist, destructive policy that harms its citizens, and we are here to change the character of the country”

The weekend saw marches by an estimated 100,000 demonstrators. According to one opinion poll, the movement is supported by 80 percent of Israelis, especially the young and the middle class.

The government has announced some measures designed to keep prices in check – leading to a row between the prime minister’s office and the Treasury.

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