Daphni Leef's tent 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Facebook)
Leader of the summer's social justice movement Daphni Leef re-pitched
her tent on Rothschild Boulevard Sunday night. The move came six months
after the 26-year-old Tel Avivian pitched the first tent on the
boulevard, igniting the nation-wide protest against the high cost of
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"I pitched a tent," Leef posted Sunday night on Facebook. "Let's wait and see."
Activist Tomer Berman told The Jerusalem Post
that four tents including his own had been pitched, but that the police later dismantled them. Passers-by estimated that there were some
100 activists on the boulevard, singing and talking. Berman said that
they planned to stay there all night, and intended to re-pitch the
Earlier on Sunday, Police and Border Patrolmen cleared out
the Hatikva neighborhood tent city, several months after the encampment
was set up in what residents said was a protest demanding housing for
disadvantaged and homeless residents of the campsite.
During the eviction, police arrested four people for violating
restraining orders barring them from the encampment. Police denied
reports that those arrested included Stav Shafir, one of the founders of
the “J14” social issues movement who was arrested at a protest outside
the Hatikvah encampment the week before.
Saturday night 200 demonstrators marched through central Tel Aviv to
mark the half year anniversary of the movement, and to vow that it was
only the beginning.
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In a tweet written hours ahead of the march, Leef wrote, “six months
have passed and I want to thank you for the togetherness, for our
struggle, for the fact that we aren’t giving up, that the same issues
and questions for the society remain.”Ben Hartman contributed to this report
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