Tel Aviv housing prices tent protest 311 .
(photo credit: Channel 10)
In Jerusalem, more than 20 tents sprung up in Kikar Tzahal, next to Jaffa Gate.
The Jerusalem protest was organized by Ruah Hadasha (New Spirit), an activist
organization dedicated to keeping young people in the city that sees affordable
housing as one of their central struggles.
“The national struggle is
important and there are good people leading it and they’re getting their message
out, but the Jerusalem struggle is really important because there are concrete
solutions for how we can solve the problem,” said Sivan Vardi, the vice
president of Ruah Hadasha, who called affordable housing the “most critical
fight” for young people.
Vardi cited the 20-20-20 program, a Jerusalem
initiative that would require contractors who are building more than 20
apartments to sell 20% of the units at 20% below market value. This will be
discussed in two weeks at the Interior Ministry’s District Planning and Building
“This program would really change the rules of the game,” she
said. Ruah Hadasha and other Jerusalem organizations are lobbying the Finance
Ministry and the Interior Ministry to support the proposal.
evening, the Jerusalem Municipality announced it had met with leaders of the
protest and decided to allow them to remain next to the walls of the Old City
until Thursday afternoon, after which they will work with them to find an
Like in Jerusalem, the so-called “rent revolt”
continued to spread to towns across Israel on Tuesday, reaching even far-off,
rent-friendly cities of the periphery like Kiryat Shmona, where student activists
from Tel Hai Academic College set up around two dozen tents in the late
Student Aviad Rosenfeld, 26, said that housing is a problem
even in far-flung towns like Kiryat Shmona, largely because of, and not in spite
of, its location in the periphery.
“They tell people to go live in the
periphery, but there is no work here or public transportation, and the salaries
here are so low that you can barely pay rent even though it is lower,” he said.
“Also the prices here have gone up, just like elsewhere. Over the past two years
the cost of apartments have risen to where a place that was NIS 1,000 two years
ago is now NIS 1800.”