Tent City press conference 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Tent protest movement leaders, at a meeting to formulate a response to
the passage of the Housing Committees Bill on Wednesday, said that the
government seems not to have internalized the public demand for a change
in socioeconomic policy, promising to expand their protest.
are greatly disappointed with the Knesset decision to pass the Housing
Committees Bill that helps the tycoons and burdens the rest of the
public," a statement said.
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government, it seems, "has not internalized that there is a public
demand for change in socioeconomic policy in Israel," the statement
said, adding that they would expand their struggle.
Tent protest spokesman Roee Newman slammed the prime minister over the
bill's passage, saying that Netanyahu and the government "demonstrated
absolute insensitivity to all of Israel's citizens."
Noting that some 150,000 people took to the streets last weekend to
demand social justice, he added that the housing reform law "shows that
the Israeli government doesn't care about its citizens, only the wealthy
The Student Union, which has played a considerable role in the ongoing
protests, also came out against the law a short time after the Knesset
vote. National Student Union chairman Itzik Shlomi said that the law's
passage was disappointing and destroyed public faith in chances of
having dialogue with the government.
"The decision to pass the law is unfortunate and disappointing. More so,
in recent days great efforts were taken by the Student Union and other
bodies to unify and consolidate the various groups participating in the
struggle, which was done in order to give a chance for true dialogue
with the government."
By imposing coalition discipline during the vote, Shlomi said, in the
public's perspective, the government "is defying and suffocating the
prospect of trust and genuine dialogue." Following the vote, he added,
"tens of thousand who cannot continue to ignore" the issue will join the
tens of thousands that have already taken to the streets in a new
protest this Saturday.