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  7/31/2011, Tammuz 29, 5771

Exchange of Words in Hatikva Quarter Tent


A verbal exchange broke out, Sunday evening, between Member of Knesset Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) and a leftist member of the Noar Ha'oed Vehalomed (Working and Studying Youth) in a housing-protest tent in Tel Aviv's Hatikva Quarter. Dr. Ben-Ari, who receives the public at his office in the quarter, went to the tent to see what he could do to help solve the problem. The leftist came and asked, "What are you doing here? I have been here a week," to which Ben-Ari responded, "What are you doing here? I grew up in the Hatikva Quarter and I have been running an office for the public's inquiries for about eight years."

Those in attendance yelled at the activist for his efforts to help illegal Sudanese infiltrators live in the neighborhood. Ben-Ari said the Sudanese were part of the problem as were those that helped them. He called on other Knesset members to reach out to the people on a regular basis and not just at times of protest. Ben-Ari aide Baruch Marzel said that while the uprising was genuine, the solution was not to give each youth on Bohemian Shenkin Street in Tel Aviv an apartment, massive building should take place in peripheral areas, including Judea and Samaria.

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