[Marxism] Israel: Housing protests break out

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri Jul 29 23:47:27 MDT 2011

In recent weeks, something unprecedented has erupted in Israel. Protesting
the high cost of living, especially of housing, predominantly young people
have established protest camps.

The campaign was sparked by a young single mother who, in desperation over
her housing situation, pitched her tent outside the Knesset (Israeli
parliament). Now the tent protests have spread like wildfire all over

The tents have appeared even in Sderot, a town in southern Israel near the
Gaza border, where young people have more pressing concerns than the much
publicised rockets from Gaza (when was the last one?)

In a country where Jewish citizens live in a bubble of consumerism far
removed from the realities of the occupation of Palestinian territory and
have for a long time retreated from politics, the frustrations of young
people in the brave new neoliberal world have finally boiled over.


“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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