Fights break out at Tel Aviv tent city

Skirmishes start after passerby begins shouting at group of settlers and supporters calling for housing crisis to be solved by massive building in West Bank.

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August 8, 2011 02:48
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Settlers clash with protesters on Rothschild

Settlers clash with protesters on Rothschild 311. (photo credit: Ben Hartman)

Shoving matches broke out at the end of Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening, where a group of settlers and supporters have set up tents calling for the housing crisis to be solved by massive building in the West Bank.

The skirmishes started after a passerby began shouting at the settlers and then dragged two of their tents into the streets, at which point several of the settlers swarmed into the street and a shoving match ensued.

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The atmosphere was already tense at the end of the boulevard, where a group of four youths lay underneath a tent, with signs saying “this is your solution” and “housing isn’t built on top of other people” among other slogans.

Last Thursday night, two people were arrested by police on suspicion of having set one of the settlers’ tents on fire. Throughout the night, shouting and some skirmishes took place, though no other arrests were made and no injuries were reported.

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