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Protestas en Israel

Inspirados en las insurrecciones árabes y el Movimiento 15 M, los israelíes protestan de forma masiva contra el encarecimiento de la vida y la pérdida de derechos sociales. La defensa de la educación pública es uno de los puntos más destacados entre sus reivindicaciones.

Miles de Israelíes protestaron este sábado en demanda de justicia sociaL

Caracas, 06 Ago. AVN .

Para exigir justicia social y en reclamo por los altos precios de la vivienda y la mala calidad de la educación, aproximadamente 250 mil israelíes protagonizaron este sábado en la noche una masiva protesta en Tel Aviv y otras ciudades de Israel.

De acuerdo con un reporte de la cadena Telesur, un portavoz de la policía israelí, Micky Rosenfeld, estimó en más de 200 mil el número de manifestantes en Tel Aviv y en 30 mil los congregados en Jerusalén.

Asimismo, medios locales e internacionales difundieron que los manifestantes portaban banderas Israelíes y otras de color rojo, mientras coreaban: “el pueblo exige justicia social”, “el pueblo contra el Gobierno”.

En una manifestación previa, celebrada la semana pasada, más de 100 mil personas habían desfilado en Tel Aviv y en varias ciudades israelíes.

De acuerdo con la información reseñada en el portal web de Telesur, este movimiento de protesta, iniciado a mediados de julio en Israel contra el alza desenfrenada de los precios de la vivienda, moviliza principalmente a las clases medias.

Entre las demandas de los manifestantes destaca la solicitud de la construcción masiva de viviendas de alquiler a bajo precio, el alza del salario mínimo, la imposición a los apartamentos desocupados y educación gratuita para todas las edades.

El primer ministro israelí, el conservador Benjamin Netanyahu, rechazó las demandas de jardines maternales y de infantes gratuitos, así como más fondos para la educación y el fin de las privatizaciones.

Protesters adopt public education as new cause

The Jerusalem Post By MELANIE LIDMAN 08/05/2011 

1,000 march in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv to improve education as part of move toward social justice.

Nearly 1,000 people marched through downtown Jerusalem on Thursday evening demanding an increase in funds for public education, as part of the revolutionary spirit for social justice sweeping the country.

The demonstrators marched from Gan Hasus (Horse Park) in King George Road, the epicenter of the tent protests, and ended at the Education Ministry next to the Mea She’arim neighborhood.

Hundreds marched in Beersheba and Kiryat Shmona, and more than 1,000 marched in Tel Aviv.

Chanting “the nation demands public education!” the march drew a more diverse crowd than the tent demonstrations this week, with hundreds of teachers and children.

The marchers protested against a shrinking budget, unequal distribution of funds, a lack of support for informaleducational programs, and other issues.

“Israel’s great teachers, like David Yellin and Janusz Korczak, would be really sad if they saw the state of Israeli education today,” Amnon Rabinovich, the director of the Jerusalem Awakening activist movement, who is also a history and citizenship teacher at Ziv High School, told the crowd outside the Education Ministry.

Protest organizers expressed satisfaction with the march, which they claimed was the largest demonstration for public education in five years.

“It’s hard to get teachers out the house,” said march organizer Yair Fink, one of the central figures at the tent protest in Jerusalem.

“I think it’s really wonderful that they’re out here asking for changes in the educational system,” said another history teacher, also named Amnon, who had his four-year-old daughter on his shoulders. “It’s really important that she comes also to see this,” he said.

Some have criticized the protest movement for trying to incorporate too many causes and requests into their list of demands, pointing out that with too many causes, the core issues will get lost in a sea of noise.

Amnon denied that the tent protest demanding an improvement in education would cause a lack of direction.

“Everything belongs to the same idea: social justice,” he said. “It’s all connected – apartments, healthcare, education, social issues – they all come together.”

Others joined the protest with more specific demands within the general call for an improvement in public education.

Over 100 master’s and doctoral students and adjunct lecturers from universities and colleges across the country joined to protest their situation as contracted workers who are hired seasonally with no job security.

“We represent a general situation of the way people are employed in Israel,” said Gadi Prudovsky, an adjunct lecturer in philosophy at the Hebrew University and the University of Haifa. “The way the whole Israeli job market is going is the direction in which employers want to buy work without any commitment to the worker,” he said.

He added that in addition to thousands of lecturers who work without contract, most of the manpower at universities, including janitors and guards, also work without contracts,

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