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The 99% -The Social Justice Movement in Israel

Haggai Matar, Rachel Shabi, Paul Mason

03/03/2013
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18 months ago the Social Justice Movement started in Israel, also known as ‘J14’ after the date of its inception, July 14th. The protest was unique in the country’s recent history; leaderless, well-informed and nationally unifying. What began as a small protest against rising housing prices in Tel Aviv quickly resonated throughout the country, culminating in a march of almost half a million and a covenant for social equality created by activists, academics and members of the business community.

Rachel Shabi, Haggai Matar and Paul Mason came to Jewish Book Week to examine the new ways protest movements are created and to consider the impact of this social justice movement both locally and globally.

Paul Mason

Paul Mason has been a correspondant for the BBC since 9/11 and has since become one of the BBC\'s first bloggers and has twice been nominated for the Orwell Prize. His latest book, Why It\'s Kicking Off Everywhere is an incisive grassroots account of the new global revolutions and was described by Phil Harrison of Time Out as \'lively, funny and engaging\'

Rachel Shabi

Rachel Shabi has written for a variety of national and international newspapers such as The Guardian, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, the Independent on Sunday, Al-Jazeera English online, the National, Jane’s and Salon.com. She was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing. She received a National Jewish Book Award for Not the Enemy: Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands published in 2009

Haggai Matar

Haggai Matar is an Israeli journalist and political activist. He is the municipal correspondent for Zman Tel Aviv, the local supplement of Ma’ariv, and is a prominent writer at the independent Hebrew website MySay. He was awarded the 2012 Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award for his +972 series on the separation wall.