04.08.2011 04.Aw-Elul, 5771
Expert in social protests says the more demands the more difficult it is for the government to come forward and address them.
It started nearly three weeks ago as a student protest over the rising cost of housing in central Tel Aviv, then spread to include groups such as doctors (who were already protesting), young mothers, Arab-Israelis and people with disabilities.
Now, as 2011’s “summer of discontent” sees more and more sectors and interest groups airing their grievances at public demonstrations and in tent cities, the question arises whether the message for social change has become stronger or more convoluted? “In a practical sense, the more people there are trying to get specific benefits the more difficult it is for each group,” Bar-Ilan University Prof. Sam Lehman- Wilzig, who has authored two books on social protests in Israel, commented on Wednesday. “The more demands there are the more the message gets diffused and the more difficult it is for the government to come forward and address the demands.”…