Housing protesters in Jerusalem 521 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)
Activists plastered eviction notices on the offices of public-housing companies
Amidar, Amigar and Halamish in over a dozen cities across the country Wednesday,
to protest the companies’ managerial practices.
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At the central offices of
Amidar in Tel Aviv, activists managed to break in and place an eviction notice
on the desk of the company’s general manager. The eviction notices say
that they were issued due to a NIS 2.7 million debt accrued by the companies to
the state, as a result of the sale of public land since 1999.
accuses Amidar of forsaking the needs of poor families in Israel, for the sake
of reaping profits from the sale of public housing.
In a statement sent
out Wednesday from a group calling itself “Occupy Amidar,” activists wrote
“Amidar systematically mistreats its tenants through criminal negligence of its
buildings, endangering public health, charging market-level rental prices from
tenants receiving housing assistance, using threats and intimidation, creating
fictitious debts for tenants and evicting hundreds of families from their homes
each year, forcing them out into the streets.”
Activists called for the
government to ensure that housing laws be implemented in the
economic-arrangements law and that the state immediately begin investing
sufficient funds in public housing.
In a statement issued on Wednesday,
Amidar denied claims made by activists that they were reaping profits from the
sale of public housing, saying the funds are turned over to the Finance
They also accused activists of “waging a campaign of
disinformation” and said that even though they have surveillance camera footage
in their possession, they do not plan on filing a complaint at the moment.