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Mass rallies revive Israel protest movement

The rally was by far the summer’s largest, with Tel Aviv’s main square overflowing with demonstrators [Reuters] An estimated 500,000 people took to the streets of coastal Tel Aviv on Saturday night, by far the largest demonstration in the social protest movement that has swept the country for two months. Protesters marched down Rothschild Boulevard, a fashionable street which has been the site of a tent city for the last two months. The first tents were a protest against Israel’s high housing prices, but the weekly demonstrations have grown to focus more broadly on Israel’s socio-economic problems. Many carried signs complaining about privatisation – Israel’s once heavily state-run…