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Thousands demonstrated for social justice on Saturday night in Israel's three largest cities in an effort to rejuvenate the movement that swept the country last summer with tent cities and weekly demonstrations.
Many of the protesters, especially in Tel Aviv and Haifa, were from the Meretz and Hadash parties, as well as from leftist youth movements.
In Tel Aviv, at least 7,000 people marched from the Habima Theater to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Demonstrators chanted "The people demand social justice" and "We the majority have taken to the streets."
"We demanded a change in priorities, but got cosmetic changes. The prices of electricity, fuel and water, which are under government supervision, are rising," he added.
"We've learned mathematics and economics since then; we see how they're trying to cheat us with tricks. We're more aware of our rights, and we'll fight for them .... We know things can be different. We want a just and decent society, with compassion."
"But the government is intensifying the destructive social processes it is advancing. Israelis demand recognition of their distress and a significant policy change, but the government continues to ignore them," the statement said.
"Instead of worrying about the working people and weaker classes, Netanyahu's government is promoting a policy solely for the benefit of the rich and connected, leaving the middle and lower classes behind."