Israelis demonstrate against cost of living

Israelis demonstrate against cost of living

TEL AVIV - Agence France-Presse
Israelis demonstrate against cost of living

Israeli protesters gather during a demonstration against the Israeli government’s policy on social issue in the city of Tel Aviv on May 12 in the evening. AFP Photo

Several thousand Israelis demonstrated on May 12 evening in downtown Tel Aviv against the high cost of living and social inequalities in the country.

The demonstrators, who are seeking to relaunch a protest movement that swept Israel last summer, held up placards saying “the people demand social justice” and “we want social justice, not charity”, an Agence France-Presse correspondent said.

Similar demonstrations were reported in other Israeli cities.

 Some of the protesters called for the departure of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who last year appointed a government committee to look into social demands.

Last year’s protest movement culminated in September with nearly half a million Israelis taking to the streets to protest high rents.