Protesters block street in south Tel Aviv 311.
(photo credit: Or Yizhar and Orly Barlev)
Social justice movement leader Stav Shaffir was among the 23 arrested Saturday night during the demonstration against plans to remove protest tents in south Tel Aviv’s
Hundreds of people took part in a march that began at Gan
Hatikva and proceeded toward Yigal Allon Street. Police said the
gathering was illegal. The evacuation was scheduled to take place on Sunday
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While detained in a police van Shaffir posted a message on Facebook: "Many people who have homes protested tonight together with those who don't. We have already been fighting together for six months for our state's future. It's not easy, and it will only become harder and harder, but in the end we'll see a good place here, a truly good place, for all of us. Amen. "
The demonstration was attended by
several more of the organizers of Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard tent city,
including Dafni Leef.
said that protesters had blocked the intersection of Hagana and Yigal Allon
streets. They later blocked Lod Street.
MK Dov Henin (Hadash) strongly condemned the police's conduct at the demonstration, calling it "violent."
"The tent city in Hatikva neighborhood does not exist by way of protest
but due to lack of choice. The role of the municipality is to find
solutions for them... I call to prevent the evacuation of the tents and
to immediately release the detainees," said Henin.
In a press release
publicizing the protest, organizers said: “The Hatikva tent encampment has
served as a home for the past six months for single mothers, families, parents,
children and the elderly – homeless and the direct victims of the
establishment’s unsympathetic and irresponsible policies.”
slammed the government for evacuating the encampment without providing a plan
for alternative housing for those living there.
“Today we will all come
to support the residents of the encampment and say to the prime minister: ‘In
the State of Israel, a person will not be tossed from street to street – no
evacuation without housing solutions.’”