“Curd” revolution began in Israel

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Israeli cities. This is one of the largest nationwide protests of the population for the whole history Of Israel. Demonstrators are unhappy with the government’s economic policies. They demand lower prices, more affordable medical care and education. And they threaten to continue speaking until they achieve reform.

The city is paralyzed, dozens of central streets are blocked. All the spaces where you can throw your eyes are filled with people. Perhaps this is the most massive demonstration in the history of Israel. Marches in Jerusalem, across the country, from north to south, but the most crowded here in Tel Aviv.


The organizers of the rally promised to bring thousands of 100 people to Tel Aviv street, but only in this city a quarter of a million Israelis took part in the demonstration. And this made everyone who gathered in these days in the central squares of Israeli cities talk about a new Middle Eastern revolution. True, this time not political, but social.

Empty pots, drain tanks - for government members. Posters that can upset Prime Minister Netanyahu are not politically correct by comparison and unflattering epithets, and above all this is the shrill roar of the pipe and the incessant thunder of the drums.

"I am here because my whole country is here, its fate is being decided here," said the participant in the action.

"Everything has become incredibly expensive: studies, products, apartments. We are not for the left and not for the right. Not for communism and capitalism. We are fighting for the decent life of our children," they explain on the streets.

This slogan demanding justice sounds all past week. He was scanned by thousands of mothers who blocked the central Rothschild Boulevard with strollers, speaking out against not too high-quality and immensely expensive kindergartens, the average monthly payment for which starts in Israel from a thousand dollars. This slogan was repeated by the inhabitants of dozens of tent camps that appeared throughout the country, whose activists are protesting against the fantastically soaring housing prices, which has become inaccessible for the absolute majority of Israeli families over the past year.

Graduates of medical higher education institutions require justice, arguing that the salary of a young doctor is not very different from the salary of an unskilled worker, and they write in large-scale applications about leaving the specialty. Taxi drivers block the streets because of the price of gasoline, a liter of which has long jumped over the 2 dollar bar. The government reacted to the protests sluggishly, presenting them rather as a provocation of the new radical populists, but the Saturday march questioned the very existence of Netanyahu’s cabinet.

“This is the people who should and will tell politicians how we should live. Not they, but we will dictate the rules of the game to them,” the protesters are convinced.

The rules of the game were unexpectedly changed by a young father from the religious suburb of Tel Aviv. At the beginning of the summer, Itsyk Alrov opened on Facebook a campaign against the unreasonable and sharp rise in price of cottage cheese, loved by Israelis - kotad. The boycott of stores stalls overnight became widespread, and the monopolists gave up, almost one and a half times reducing the cost of the product. It became a signal. It turned out with cottage cheese, it will turn out everywhere.

"We are just beginning our movement, we will demand fair prices for housing, education, and treatment," said Itsyk Alrov.

The Facebook revolution in Israel is already being compared with the Egyptian one. Professional politicians overlooked the awakening elements. The protest, which became national, led, organized social networks and student youth.

“We don’t want to put up with the situation when our young, working family spends all its money on renting accommodation and food. Our social elevator stopped and was stuck between the floors,” the Israelis resent.

The "cottage cheese" revolution in Israel does not yet encroach on the political system. Its young and non-systemic leaders demand social reforms, but the curd masses they have assembled and consolidated are quite capable of burying the right-wing coalition of Benjamin Netanyahu.
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