Nordau tent city chilled_311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Minister Binyamn Netanyahu requested from Public Security Minister
Yitzhak Aharonovich to make sure that police and city officials would
not issue evacuation notices for various campsites that have sprung up
throughout the nation's cities, Israeli media reported Saturday.
prime minister's request comes on the heels of reported eviction
notices in Or Yehuda and Yehud, as well as the kitchen tent in Tel Aviv's Nordau Street tent city. Earlier in the week, city clerks circled the tent cities in northern Tel Aviv, allegedly telling activists that the city would evict vacant tents.
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As the movement was getting ready for this weekend's massive demonstrations in the country's periphery, Netanyahu also requested that police consider all demonstration requests that were duly filed.
Both the prime
minister's wide ranging housing reform bill, which included 10,000 new
housing units for students, and the Housing Committees Law which
attempted to limit the bureaucratic hurdles necessary to acquire and
develop land in Israel for housing, were met with strong disapproval
amongst movement leaders.
When the prime minister's reforms were announced on television in late July, activists sat booing and hissing and the screen.
On Saturday, and nearly a month into the social issues protests that have swept the country,
movement organizers decided to cancel the weekly mass rallies in Tel Aviv
and Jerusalem and hold in their place a series of mass rallies in the
The message, organizers said, is that the movement isn’t only
in the big cities in the center of the country, and the government must see it
has become a nationwide struggle.
As of Thursday night, the cities that
are planning to hold rallies include Afula, Haifa, Beit She’an, Beersheba,
Modi’in, Ramat Hasharon, Netanya, Eilat, Hod Hasharon, Dimona and Petah
Yonatan Levi, part of the original core group of activists who
launched the tent city on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard on the night of July
14, said Thursday that the decision to leave the main population centers is to
send the message “that we are in the periphery as well.
“The government has always
neglected these areas and we want to show that we aren’t neglecting them too,”
Levi said he had no idea a
month ago that when he headed down to Rothschild with his tent that the
gathering he was attending would become such a phenomenon.
we’d come for one night or two, and I thought that if 100-150 people showed up
it would be a huge success. I had no reason to think it would be any different
than any other protest people have held recently,” he said.
on the first night, there were about 1,500 people who visited the tent city and
by then I suddenly understood that this could spin out of control in ways that
we would not be able to predict.”
Ben Hartman contributed to this report.