Court orders dismantling of Tel Aviv tent city


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Protesters living in a tent camp in a tony area of Tel Aviv have three days to leave before they are evicted.

The Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday canceled a restraining order against dismantling the protest tent city on Rothschild Boulevard.

Area residents had filed a lawsuit asking that the tent city be evacuated by Rosh Hashanah. Residents claim, backed by statistics, that crimes such as break-ins and attempted rapes have been rising since the  tent city rose up in July as part of social justice protests that swept across Israel over the summer. They also said there have been noise and sanitation problems.

Most protesters — including the leaders and university students — left the camp in the last couple of weeks, leaving only homeless people and drug users, according to reports.

If tent city residents do not leave by noon Sept. 21, they will be forcibly moved by police, according to the court ruling.

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