Tent City 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
The Tel Aviv Municipality on Sunday morning began evacuating the tent
encampment in the Hatikva neighborhood in the southern part of the city.
Four people were arrested during the evacuation.
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municipality stated that it would provide grants and assistance to those
being evacuated to find alternative housing. Many of the tent
encampment's residents are homeless.
municipality temporarily allowed the existence of a protest tent in
Hatikva Park as tens of thousands of homeless in the country are in
distress, victims of the Israeli government's policies which have
severely lessened the availability of public housing, and not adjusted
rent aid to those eligible to receive it," the municipality said in a
The statement added that the evacuation of the tents remaining in the
park was being carried out "in accordance with the [Tel Aviv] District
The court decision was handed down earlier this month, but the
evacuation was delayed after last week, hundreds of people took part in a
protest march against the move
, with 23 being arrested.
Other than a small encampment on Yefet Boulevard in Jaffa, the Hatikva
tent city is the last remaining campsite in Tel Aviv. The residents are
by-and- large quite different from those who camped out at the
Rothschild Boulevard campsite and others on Ben-Gurion and Nordau
boulevards in Tel Aviv. They are predominantly families, many of them
single mothers and their children, as well as recovering drug addicts
and homeless people.
As opposed to the other campsites in Tel Aviv, the demands didn’t
meander along a constellation of “social justice” goals, instead they
revolved around a single demand: housing.
Ben Hartman contributed to this report.