“People feel helpless, there’s no response. They are enraged and want the government to take responsibility,” said Roee Cohen, president of the Israel Chamber of Independent Organizations and Businesses.who commented on the actions of the protesters.
“I have 40 workers with no income, no money,” said Michal Gaist-Casif, vice president of a sound and lighting company.
Protesting entrepreneurs demand that the government provide them with financial support while their business is closed during the lockdown. In fact, economic activity in the country was stopped from mid-March to July, and this situation will continue in August.
Unemployment in Israel has reached 21% since a partial lockdown was introduced in March.
Alarmed by the new surge in the incidence of COVID-19 after the opening of the economy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu introduced a new series of restrictions this week, forcing many businesses to shut down.
As we reported before, Israel tightened quarantine measures in connection with the increase of coronavirus cases.