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Peace Now: MKs Protesting Illegals Promoted Racism, Violence

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The general director of Peace Now, Yariv Oppenheier, has urged Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to open a criminal investigation into MKs Miri Regev (Likud), Danny Danon (Likud), and Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), for making speeches Wednesday in Tel Aviv he says incite racism and violence.

The speeches were made to approximately 1,000 protesters in South Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood, in response to a wave of illegal immigration and associated surge in crime in the area.  While some illegal immigrants have made the trek to Israel from Sudan and Eritrea to escape persecution, others have taken advantage of Israel’s high level of humanitarian aid and labor opportunities.

In her speech, Regev made comments such as “the infiltrators are a cancer in our body”, and advocated their deportation from Israel.  Twelve protesters were arrested during the event, which deteriorated into rioting.

According to local residents in south Tel Aviv, the streets have become unsafe, with women and the elderly afraid to walk outside.    On May 15, 4 Eritrean men were charged with raping a 19 year old Israeli woman in a parking lot in the area, one of several such incidents which have reportedly occurred since the area become a haven for illegal African immigrants.

Housing Protestors Arrested in Tel Aviv

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

A demonstration for cheaper housing in Tel Aviv Saturday night led to 23 arrests, including the leader of the group, Stav Shaffir.

The 600-man protest took place in the Gan Hatikva neighborhood in south Tel Aviv.  Police called the gathering of protesters which had encamped on the sight illegal, and intended to evacuate the site on Sunday morning.  However, because protestors set fire to garbage bins and blocked intersections at Hagana, Yigal Allon, and Lod streets, police moved in Saturday night to disperse the crowd.

Organizers of the Hatikva encampment argued that their site became not only a socio-political statement about public displeasure over the cost of housing, but became a home to disenfranchised Israelis.  “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,” organizers said in a press release.  They demanded that the government provide alternative housing options.

Some protest leaders criticized the arrests, suggesting police would not have arrested them if they had been ultra-orthodox Hareidi or “price tag settlers” from Judea and Samaria.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/housing-protestors-arrested-in-tel-aviv/2012/01/08/

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