Housing protest reaches n. TA as tents set up on Nordau

Activists say they want protests over high cost of living to reach as many people as possible; women's groups urge parents to join protests.

July 30, 2011 12:25
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Tent protestors claim haredim are given more benefits.. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

Tel Aviv activists taking part in nationwide protests against the high cost of living that began with Rothschild Boulevard's tent city two weeks ago are expanding their protests to the city's north after some people propped up tents on Nordau Boulevard overnight Friday.

The activists said their objective was to spread the tent protests around the city and country in order to raise awareness about soaring housing prices and to reach as many people as possible.

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The launching of the new tent protest on Nordau comes after a series of national protests over the high price of housing and raising children, as well as the ongoing doctors strike intensified last week with thousands of protesters taking to the streets all over the country.

On Friday, 20 students from Tel Aviv University threw stink bombs at the Akirov Towers in Tel Aviv after marching from Rothschild Boulevard towards the luxury apartment blocks in the north of the city.

On Thursday, activists said that Saturday evening’s protests in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Ashdod and Nazareth against the high cost of living will be even larger than last week’s.

Meanwhile, women's organizations that operate public day care centers for preschoolers, including WIZO and Naamat, also called on Friday for parents to join the housing protests and take part in demonstrations on Saturday night.

The organizations said that the call comes following an announcement from the Finance and Industry Ministries' proposing a solution to the law that currently offers education free from the age of three.

Thousands of mothers and fathers marched down a boulevard in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday to protest what they said was the unsustainable cost of raising children in Israel.

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