Tent City press conference 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Leaders of the housing-inspired social justice protesters based on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard were busy Tuesday morning trying to finalize a document detailing their demands and defining their popular slogan: "social justice," Army Radio reported.
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As the Tel Aviv protest leaders were still struggling to put their document together, leaders of the satellite protest in Jerusalem had already finalized a similar document outlining their demands of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to the report.
One demand has already been declared: to cancel the vote planned for Wednesday on the National Housing Committees Bill. The measure is meant to streamline housing construction by having a National Housing Subcommittee discuss housing plans.
Critics of the plan say it would be used to give a green light to
privatize state land for wealthy developers to build luxury projects,
and wouldn’t address the housing shortage.
Protesters said last week that if the vote on the law is not canceled,
they would march to the Knesset and hold a mass protest, with the goal
of disrupting the vote.
On Monday, protest leaders announced that they
had nixed their demand for cameras to be present during any negotiations to be
held with the prime minister, following a dispute with the National Student
Union over the issue.
“The headquarters of the tent city protests admits
that it made a mistake by demanding that cameras be present during the dialogue
with the prime minister. The student union managed to convince us that the
central precondition for holding talks will be the cancellation of the National
Housing Committees law.”
The statement ended: “We are a broad movement
and we will not be defeated by any single person or any amount of
The joint announcement was issued by the protest movement and the
student union on Wednesday afternoon after the media widely reported tension
between the union and tent city protest leaders.
Earlier in the day, the
protest headquarters on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard issued a statement
saying “our demand for cameras to be present during dialogue with the prime
minister isn’t for the sake of media coverage of the event, rather because of
the public’s need for there to be transparency and out of understandable fear of
secret nighttime deals made between different officials.”
Union said that “the demand to affix cameras is not rational and will be
disrespectful to anyone sent by the government [without any connection to the
Right or the Left] and will end any attempt at future dialogue that could
possibly reach solutions [on housing, education, welfare, etc.].”
Additionally, housing protests continued to spread throughout the country on Tuesday, as tents were set up in Zichron Yaakov across from the regional council offices, and in the Druse villages of Hurfeish, Yirka, and Julis, Army Radio reported.