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Israeli Street Protests: Suppressed by US Media

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Well, almost. Virtually nothing shows up on US television. Some gets print coverage, but not enough to explain a major story accurately and fully. More on that below.

For weeks, tens of thousands of Israelis have been protesting high prices, especially unaffordable housing, creating an intolerable burden for growing numbers being priced out of a place to live.

A previous article explained, accessed through the following link:

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Interviewed on Democracy Now, Israeli journalist Dimi Reider called "(w)hat's happening in Israel....nothing short of terms of how people relate to each other, engage with politics," and with a vital issue like affordable housing.

Today's problems stem from 1990s policies favoring settlements, as well as subsidies to entice Israelis and other Jews to fill them. Moreover, doing so and controlling Occupied Palestine costs over $700 million annually, at the expense of neglecting construction and other needs in Israel.

The above linked article explained a groundswell demand for social justice, unprecedented in Israel, enough perhaps to topple Netanyahu's government if he doesn't adequately address it.

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Daily on streets in 11 Israeli cities, nonviolent visceral anger echoes calls for social justice, as well as thousands holding signs saying, "Game over - Bibi go home."

It's not a left or right issue. Polls show 87% of Israeli support the protests. They cut across Israeli society, including secular and religious groups, Jews and Arabs, men and women, youths and elderly, newly marrieds, veterans, Bedouins, gays and straights, activists and couch potatoes, and Israel's growing numbers of homeless. 

At issue is hardline Israeli neoliberalism, a cancer affecting Arab Israelis and millions of Jews. In a rare display of unity, they're together against Netanyahu's hard-wired ideological extremism, believing (like most Israeli politicians) that free market fundamentalism works best. 

When in doubt privatize because markets know best so let them. The fruits of that position erupted in Israel, Middle East Arab countries for political and social justice, European ones like Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, and Italy, as well as occasionally in Britain, France and elsewhere on the continent. 

Perhaps soon in America as well if a planned October 6 Washington tent city protest gains national traction. The web site explains headlining, "Stop the Machine! Create a New World," saying:

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"Hundreds of thousands are expected to descend on DC this coming October....not just to march (and go) home, but to stay and occupy Freedom Plaza indefinitely, until their demands have been met."

In 1968, before his assassination, Martin Luther King planned to be at a permanent Resurrection City protest as part of his "Poor Peoples" campaign. After his death, military forces removed demonstrators, united against imperial war, poverty, and social injustice, the same issues affecting millions more Americans today, who've been largely quiescent so far.

October2011 organizers say now's the time that changed, urging people to show up in Washington, be heard, and remain until their demands are met.

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