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(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court overturned on Monday an injunction preventing a
tent protester from Holon’s Jesse Cohen neighborhood from entering the city of
Monday’s court hearing came after David Brodsky was arrested in
his Jesse Cohen tent on Sunday night after breaking bail conditions banning him
from the city.
In the hearing, Brodsky told the court that he had
returned to the tent because he had nowhere else to go.
“For the past
three years, I’ve been trying to rebuild my life and this is my last chance to
succeed,” he said. “I live in that tent.”
The injunction against Brodsky
was imposed last Wednesday following his arrest alongside two other Jesse Cohen
protesters, Rafi Mosieri and Moshe Dabush during a demonstration against the
dismantling of wooden shacks in the encampment.
The court had released
all three protesters on bail, but had issued injunctions against Mosieri and
Dabush preventing them from going near the Jesse Cohen protest site. However,
Brodsky’s bail conditions included a more stringent injunction that banned him
from even entering the city of Holon.
Speaking at Monday’s court hearing,
attorney Nira Shalev of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel slammed
Brodsky’s bail conditions as “disproportionate.”
“We see no justification
in banning him from Holon,” Shalev said.
In ruling to overturn the
injunction banning Brodsky from entering Holon, Judge Daniel Beeri said that the
court needed to find a balance between the right to protest and the need to
maintain the rule of law.
Although Brodsky can now enter Holon, he still
cannot return to his tent. The judge issued a new injunction banning him from
approaching the Jesse Cohen protest encampment for 10 days.
Zechariyah, head of the Jesse Cohen neighborhood committee on Monday criticized
the restraining order, saying “you can’t shut down this protest by banning
people from the area, this is an undemocratic act. You can’t ban people from the
area just because they’re homeless and they built a succa.”
“As long as
the protest isn’t violent, why do they need to try and shut it up? This is an
affront to freedom of speech,” he added.
Mosieri and Dabush are also
appealing against the injunctions banning them from Jesse Cohen. In that appeal,
filed last week and due to be heard late Monday evening, Shalev wrote that
detaining the three in the first place was “particularly serious, given that the
encampment is the main place where they can protest and put their issues on the
public agenda,” and slammed the injunctions as an “improper attempt to silence a
legitimate social protest.”
The Jesse Cohen protest encampment, in
contrast to the encampment on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, has been
inhabited by people claiming to be homeless or those who say they live in
precarious housing conditions, including some families with
Though the wooden shacks that protesters had originally
inhabited have been torn down, protesters remain in the encampment in tents and
have vowed to rebuild.