Rothschild 311 .
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
The Tel Aviv District Court rejected on Monday an urgent request filed
early on Monday morning by sixteen members of the Rothschild Boulevard
protest encampment, who had asked for an injunction to delay evacuation
of a section of the protest tents. Less than an hour later, the encampent had been cleared by municipal inspectors and police.
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In rejecting the request,
Judge Esther Covo noted that previous court rulings had already decided
that the encampment should be cleared.
"There is nothing preventing the evacuation of the encampment," Judge
Covo said, and added that the petitioners should "turn [their] attention
to the extensive damage that has been caused both to the petitioners
themselves and to the general public as a result of staying on public
Municipal clerks with support from police forces cleared
Tel Aviv tent cities on Levinsky Street, Nordau Boulevard and Ben-Gurion
Boulevard Monday morning.
Inspectors and police had been
expected to clear the larger tent encampment on the city's Rothschild
Boulevard later in the morning.
Two people were detained for allegedly causing a disturbance during the evacuation on Levinski Street.
Tent inhabitants on Rothschild were singing while waiting for the evictions to take place late Monday morning.
On Sunday, municipality clerks visited the Rothschild Boulevard campsite
and others across the city informing residents that Sunday was their
last day to voluntarily fold up their tents and still receive assistance
from the city in evacuating.
In the early afternoon, about 20 municipal
clerks arrived at the Rothschild tent city, the symbolic heart of the
social justice movement, and walked around telling residents that the
eviction is imminent and offered their help in evacuating.
ended up leaving after a short period of time and the tent city
residents, a skeleton crew of a few dozen homeless people, milled
around, some more resigned than others to their fate. The clerks later
visited other tent cities across Tel Aviv, and issued a similar warning.
of those present at Rothschild on Sunday was Irena Shotz, a middle-aged
woman who has been a fixture at the tent city since July 17, the third
day of the protest. Shotz said she would have to find somewhere else to
live in the meantime, and pointed blame at state social workers who she
accused of ignoring her demands for housing assistance.
workers can’t give me housing. They can help me get more benefits on my
national insurance, but an apartment costs at least NIS 1,500, but
without a house I can’t find a job and without a job I can’t afford a
house. It’s a cycle.”
Shotz, who immigrated from Russia 15 years
ago, said she was looking for a chance to permanently leave Israel as
soon as possible, saying that only a travel restriction placed on her
due to excessive debt was keeping her in the country.
Rothschild on Sunday was Avi Dahan, an activist in the tent city
movement. Dahan said that “the basic impact of this is the principle.
People here weren’t that traumatized by today because they are people
who already don’t have any options, don’t have anywhere to go.”Ben Hartman contributed to this report.