Tel Aviv housing prices tent protest 311 .
(photo credit: Channel 10)
Right-wing student group Im Tirtzu announced Wednesday that it was pulling out
of the main tent protest on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard against rising
housing prices because it was concerned about the organizers’ political
Ronen Shoval, founder of Im Tirtzu, met with a handful of the
protest organizers earlier this week, who he said have refused repeated requests
from his and other organizations to negotiate with the government to resolve the
Planning a party while worrying about future in tent city
“When one isn’t interested in having a conversation with the
government, the problem won’t be solved. I was trying to convince them to speak
to the government, but how many times can you try?” he
“Conversations with the Rothschild Boulevard organizers made it
clear that the group is not looking for solutions; they are looking to
Roee Neuman, a spokeman for the Tel Aviv Tent Protest movement,
confirmed that the protest organizers are not negotiating with the
But he said that this is a tactical, rather not a political,
“Our job is not to present a solution – we are not experts on
housing,” Neuman said. “We want the government to find solutions; we will
negotiate… once the government presents us with solutions.”
not comment on Im Tirtzu’s announcement that it is pulling out of the protest
that began last week because he said the two groups are still
He said nevertheless that all Israelis dissatisfied with
rising housing prices should participate in the cause.
everyone to join us – from the Left and Right,” he said.
meanwhile, said Im Tirtzu is working with other organizations to draft a
proposal to present to the government outlining solutions to solve the housing
crisis, including instituting a tax on foreigners who own properties in
Jerusalem that are not rented and improvements in public transportation to
enable people to commute to the main industrial areas more easily.
Tirtzu is not severing all ties to the tent protest movement.
the right-wing student group will still participate in the tent protests in
Beersheba and Haifa, Shoval said.