Tent City Rally (Ben) 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman [file])
Tens of thousands of people massed at the Tel Aviv tent city on Saturday evening ahead of a march and rally beginning at the Bima Square on Rothschild Boulevard and scheduled to culminate at the Tel Aviv Museum.
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Daphni Leef, the 26-year-old freelance filmmaker who started the tent city protest against high rent prices that began on July 14 and quickly spread across the country, said buses have been organized to bring protesters from tent cities across Israel to participate in the rally.
Police and the municipality have approved the march, and no politicians will be invited or allowed to speak at the rally, she said.
“It’s a peoples’ struggle for all of the public and has crossed all
lines, because there are some things that are above all arguments,” Leef
When asked what she would do if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called
and asked to speak at the rally, she said “he should come to listen.
This is not for politicians. This is a collective dialogue.”
Demonstrators in Jerusalem protesting against what they call exorbitant rent prices across the country said Friday
that they would move their tent-city this upcoming Sunday to Wohl Rose Park opposite the Knesset, Israel Radio reported.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat had asked the protesters to leave Kikar
Tzahal (IDF Square), opposite the Old City Walls, by Thursday afternoon,
as the area is a heavily-traveled tourist area. Protesters refused to
leave the premises on Friday morning but said they were in discussions
with the municipality about possibly relocating.
According to protesters, the move on Sunday is significant because on
Monday, Knesset members are going to vote on housing reform which both
would streamline the bureaucratic process necessary to begin
construction of housing units, but would also allocate apartments for
Netanyahu is expected to unveil a new plan to address the housing shortage as early as Sunday. The plan is expected to include solutions for young couples, students, and recently released soldiers.
Netanyahu worked on the plan in a meeting on Friday with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias, and Prime Minister's Office director-general Eyal Gabai. The prime minister instructed Steinitz and Atias to work on a plan that will soon be presented to the public.