Activists in Jerusalem announced Sunday that they would be taking down the tent city in Jerusalem and the National Student Union began taking down its tent in Tel Aviv's Rothschild Blvd. tent city, as the social-issues protest organizers vowed to begin a new phase of their struggle.
Jerusalem tent city organizers said in a statement that they would begin taking down tents in IDF Square and Gan Hasus Sunday evening after seven weeks. Gan Hasus will remain a center of social activities for the movement with weekly lectures, rallies and demonstrations as part of the ongoing struggle for social justice, organizers vowed.
"This is the beginning of the second stage of the struggle which will include a transition to activities designed for the long-term achievement of meaningful goals in the future and to cause real change in the socioeconomic order in Israel," the statement said.
It was not clear to what extent tents on Rothschild Blvd would be cleared. Barak Segel, a member of the group of friends who launched the protests in mid-July, said Saturday that beginning on Sunday, “the protest will enter a new phase. It could be that the campsites become more concentrated and consolidated, but they won’t be folded up. The protest will keep going and only get stronger until our demands are met.”