A night with the squatting protesters in Tel-Aviv’s boulevards

18.07.2011                      16.Tammus, 5771

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A night with the squatting protesters in Tel-Aviv’s boulevards

Roy Arad reports on a close nocturnal encounter with a youth movement in its infancy.

Rothschild transit camp, midnight on Saturday: A Haredi rabbi approaches the tent city and asks me who's in charge. He supports the cause and wants to donate NIS 500. A gathering crowd is moved by the gesture. The man identifies himself as David Gad, a former deputy housing minister who cares about the issue. Yevgeny, a guy in black briefs, angrily asks Gad why he didn't bring his friends along. A girl tells Gad to enlist in the army, and he pulls out his discharge card. He is treated pretty well and sticks around. "I can't sleep in my home thinking about the struggle," Gad says. It's part of the charm of the encampment, that all are welcome….