The Tel Aviv municipality on Monday morning
removed a trailer house that had been set up by members of the Tel Aviv
University student union and the National Union of Israeli Students late
Sunday night, the first permanent structure of its sort set up at the
tent city in central Tel Aviv.
The trailer was set up by the students next to
their protest headquarters near the corner of Rothschild and Sheinkin
streets. Shortly after its construction was completed, the municipality affixed an eviction
notice to the structure, giving it 48 hours before it would be forcibly removed. Only a few hours later though, city workers lifted
the trailer onto a flatbed truck and drove it away from the city.
Gilad Erditi from the University of Tel Aviv
student union said that the move was meant to protest Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's
establishment of a multiple cabinet member team to examine the social
issues addressed by the movement.
Erditi said the move showed that "the protest
is far from over. We plan to stay in tents for a long time and,
because of this, we decided to upgrade our infrastructure. "
Deputy head of the National Student Union, Ofri
Raviv, said Monday that the trailer was set up in order to send the
message to Netanyahu that "the struggle is not over. We are protesting
the committee that he set up in order to kill time; by setting up this
trailer in order to show that we are not going anywhere."
Also Monday, hundreds of pensioners and activists gathered at the intersection
in front of the Azrieli Towers Monday to protest against the rising
cost of living. Protesters caused a backup of traffic in intersection,
one of the busiest in Tel Aviv.
The elderly protesters, throwing
their support behind the tent protests that originated in Tel Aviv, were
seen holding signs that said "The elderly also demand social justice."
protesters have been rallying for more than three weeks in various
marches, tent cities, and events around the country against the high
cost of living and lack of affordable housing.