Thousands of social activists from various non-governmental organizations have marched through the streets of Tel Aviv in protest against Israel’s welfare policy, high unemployment and the issues of foreign workers.
The participants, marking International Human Rights Day, carried signs that read: ‘Marching for democracy,’ ‘Our right,’ and ‘All rights for all people,’ the Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported.
Baruch Yitzhaki, one of the participants, attended the march to protest against the poor welfare policy in Israel.
"I worked my whole life in a senior position. When I got sick and no solution was found in Israel, I flew abroad to receive treatment. We, my wife and I, returned two years later and now we have no money to eat," he said.
Another protestor, Yitzhaki, claimed that he can’t find any work. "I have been stripped of the basic right to food and a decent standard of living. I, as a citizen, am unable to receive the most basic support from the State.”
“What? Am I supposed to steal so the police can arrest me and then I’ll have free food in jail? Yitzhaki asked, adding “I want the welfare minister to come and take a tour of the National Insurance Institute so that he can see what all the citizens [endure], the whole bureaucratic labyrinth the citizens go through."