TEL AVIV (Jan. 16)
Civil unrest spread Tuesday in Galilee, where economic worries are affecting light industry as well as the agricultural sector.
Several hundred townspeople from Hatzor Haglilit blocked the main highway and faced down police in a demonstration against the possible loss of their jobs.
Four people were arrested, including the local schoolmaster, who brought children to the barricades.
They fear the 150 employees of the Habonim metal pipe and sanitary fittings factory will be out of work if the plant, owned by the financially crippled Koor Industries, is sold and moves away from the development town.
If that happens, “you might as well close down the town and move us all away,” workers told Israel Radio.