Israel’s Occupy Movement Achieves Victories

israel-protests-dissent-15-20110903We usually associate the terms “occupy” and “Israel” in a different political context…But, this summer the country saw massive demonstrations (including tent cities) to draw attention to social inequality, in what was arguably a blueprint for Occupy Wall Street. And there have been encouraging results: the conservative Israeli government is shifting more of the tax burden onto corporations and the super-rich. Could this happen in the United States, also? Via GlobalPost:

Israel’s summertime protest movement, which was occupying “Wall Street” before it was cool, can now celebrate their first major tangible success.

At a Sunday cabinet meeting the government approved the restructuring of Israel’s tax system, shifting a few degrees of the social burden onto corporations and the very rich.

On Monday, legislators received the new tax plan for approval, alongside a lengthy list of demands for financial reform and social justice that were nonexistent when the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, was last in session and which have been catapulted to the forefront of a pre-electoral year.

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  • SF2K01

    Historically, Israel has always been a fairly socialist country. Their right wing never sold themselves as being representative of tax breaks for the rich or corporations, and the left governments primarily built and maintained governmental control and oversight (some positive and some negative). The tax rate in general is also fairly high and so people expect the corps to pay their fair share.

    In the US, the conservatives are too worried about servicing their major financial backers and promising more tax breaks for the rich to the point that it’s their gut instinct. Unless we affect a change in attitude, the right wing will keep thinking that what it needs to do is fight big government and treat corporations as people who deserve huge breaks, sick as that sounds.

  • Anonymous

    Historically, Israel has always been a fairly socialist country. Their right wing never sold themselves as being representative of tax breaks for the rich or corporations, and the left governments primarily built and maintained governmental control and oversight (some positive and some negative). The tax rate in general is also fairly high and so people expect the corps to pay their fair share.

    In the US, the conservatives are too worried about servicing their major financial backers and promising more tax breaks for the rich to the point that it’s their gut instinct. Unless we affect a change in attitude, the right wing will keep thinking that what it needs to do is fight big government and treat corporations as people who deserve huge breaks, sick as that sounds.

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