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17th July:

Spirit of revolution starts in Tel Aviv, sweeps across Israel

Hundreds visit tent compound on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv to protest rising house prices; similar sites planned for Be’er Sheva, Netanya, Kfar Sava and Kiryat Shmona.

By Ilan Lior and Asaf Shtull-Trauring Tags: Tel Aviv Israel real estate

The “tent city” protest against high housing prices that began last week in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is to expand this week to other venues around the country. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/spirit-of-revolution-starts-in-tel-aviv-sweeps-across-israel-1.373613
Sunday 17th
Today’s update, also on http://takethesquare.net/2011/07/17/tel-aviv-were-moving-forward/

Many movements and individuals have joined the struggle. Camps are planned in several cities, the national student union has joined and plans to set up camps in three campuses. Spontaneous initiatives keep popping up, like a feminist tent, a group planning a weeklong “rage” actions, and a “revolution market”.
The Tel Aviv encampement is still in place. No one has tried to evacuate us. We were on the front page of every major newspaper. Hundreds came throughout the day, well-known artists are performing, and all the TV channels were here. The prime minister issued a statement saying he is aware of the housing crisis and is trying (?) to solve it: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4096312,00.html
Here are some links to keep your senses working:
Pics http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150323451957578.399041.683837577
Jerusalem Video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOr8CZ1raHU&feature=player_detailpage
Assembly  http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=203248389725076
Map of planned and existing protests http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=215468606817488907325.0004a8421b34f7cf19e24&msa=0
Articles:
Spirit of revolution sweeps across Israel http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/spirit-of-revolution-starts-in-tel-aviv-sweeps-across-israel-1.373613
Government abandoned us http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4096136,00.html
 MKs visit to camp http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4096437,00.html
Protest attracts hundreds http://www.pressenza.com/npermalink/israelxs-great-xcamp-outx-rent-protest-attracts-hundreds

Don’t forget our twitter is @TLV_Revolution
We apologize almost all of our material is in Hebrew, we have our hands full right now, soon we will translate more to English.

The protests are spreading across Israel!

“Protesters said they had received a letter from the leaders of Spain’s M15 protest movement, which two months ago brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets to protest the country’s high unemployment and high housing prices. “What we did is similar to what you are doing this very moment,” the letter said.”

16th/17th July

It’s not just in Tel Aviv, it’s spreading everywhere.
Here is a video from Jerusalem, where they’ve been camping since Thursday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOr8CZ1raHU&feature=player_detailpage

Dozens of new facebook groups popped up today calling for new camps across the country starting tomorrow!

Video from one of the assemblies today:
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=203248389725076

16th July Update from Habima Square, Tel Aviv:

“People just started chanting: R-E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N!!!! ”

Assemblies started today in a more organized manner. We’re using a version of the guide from the assembly dinamization committee in Madrid. In the evening more people come, the media is here, and musicians come to perform. There’s an alimentation team that makes meals for everyone camping. There’s still a lot of confusion about the political goals of the protest, but now it’s being discussed in the assemblies. Police is keeping quiet, but they already threatened to evacuate us before Sunday.

I read out loud the solidarity letter from Sol’s International Committee http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=245278108834557&set=a.245276142168087.74374.242779255751109&type=1&theater today and people were cheering like crazy. We also uploaded Sol’s support video to youtube and are waiting for a projector to show it here:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114332568661646

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=–riCUV8jX4

Our channel on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/betzeohel?feature=mhee
Thanks to our friends in Spain. We’re moving forward!

15th July:

Hi everyone!

I’m writing to you from the new protest camp in Habima Square in Tel Aviv, where dozens of tents have been set up and hundreds of people have been participating throughout the day. There is music, people are bringing food, and there is a lot of talk about how to organize and how to move forward. The knowledge we got from Spain is priceless. It’s been a bit chaotic till now, it’s unclear how long this can last and when the police will come to evacuate us, but for now they are leaving us alone. People are angry about prices of housing, food, and basic living, and they’re very upset with the politicians and the government. But it’s still unclear whether this will go any further than music and camping on the street. They had a small assembly this afternoon, but I heard mixed reactions about how it went. Tomorrow we will try again.

We opened a twitter account. We’re writing mostly in hebrew, but we’ll try to write some in english as well: @TLV_Revolution

Beautiful photos here: http://www.ronengoldman.com/?p=1418

I will try to write more soon, there’s little time and a lot of work.

Cheers from Tel Aviv!