Dafni Leef 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Leaders of the tent city protest movement on Monday evening gave a dismissive
response to the findings of the Trajtenberg committee, saying that the changes
it recommended were not far-reaching enough to meet the demands of the social
issues movement that swept the country over the summer.
“This does not
constitute far-reaching change. It doesn’t appear that this committee has borne
any fruit, not even the little bit that we thought they might surprise us with,”
said Daphni Leef, the 26- year-old Tel Aviv film editor who launched the tent
city protest with a Facebook post in mid-July.
Leef watched Professor
Manuel Trajtenberg issue the committee’s findings at a watching party held in
Tel Aviv on Monday night, along with fellow protest leaders, including Stav
Shafir, Regev Kuntas and Yonatan Levy.
The protest leaders made the “X”
sign with their arms at the end of Trajtenberg’s presentation, the sign adopted
in the tent cities to show disapproval. Also following the presentation, Leef
said that the protest movement would examine the committee’s recommendations
more in depth and issue a more detailed response at a press conference in Tel
Aviv on Tuesday morning.
During a press conference in Tel Aviv in late
August, Leef issued a statement in which she called on Trajtenberg to resign
from the committee, saying that she and other protest leaders have no confidence
in its ability to affect change. They also called on the Knesset to end its
recess in order to debate the social issues driving the protest
Spokesman for the tent city movement Roee Neumann said “The
committee’s report revealed the policies of the government.”
bring any change and causes deep disappointment with the wider public that took
to the streets.”
The National Union of Israeli Students also issued a
statement shortly afterward in which union head Itzik Shmueli said that while he
thanks Trajtenberg for contributing to this “national mission to change the
country’s daily priorities, and even though the report has positive elements in
it, we give it a grade of not enough.”
The tent city activists vowed to
hold a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. with professors that had founded
their own committee in Tel Aviv.
In the statement Shmueli also vowed the
union would hold more protests at the Knesset and in the
Following the so-called “Million Man March” on September 3, in
which over 400,000 Israelis took to the streets across the country, protest
leaders said that the movement had reached a new, post-mass protest stage. Many
said they would wait until the Trajtenberg Committee issues its findings to
decide whether to renew the mass street rallies.
At the Nordau tent city
in North Tel Aviv on Monday evening, there seemed to be little if any sign of
fervent interest in the Trajtenberg Committee findings about an hour or so after
they were issued.
Handing out popsicles at the tent city, Nicola Simmons
said that while she was happy with the education recommendations made by the
committee, she was not pleased with the housing solutions presented.
am concerned primarily with the housing issue, the main issue that started this
protest movement. These 160,000 houses they’re building, who will they be for?
They said 20 percent will be affordable housing, but who will the other 80
percent be for? Who will be benefiting from this?”