Daily Israel Report
More

Zion's Corner Blogs


Marzel: There Are Quite a Few Rightists in Tel Aviv

Baruch Marzel speaks to Arutz Sheva from Tel Aviv's tent city. "Most people here welcome us with open arms."
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/8/2011, 9:07 AM

Baruch Marzel
Baruch Marzel
A7 Staff

Right-wing activist Baruch Marzel, who for the past several days has been in the Tel Aviv tent city, said Sunday that despite anarchists trying to disrupt the ongoing left-right dialogue, most people have been welcoming of the right-wingers.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew-language news service, Marzel, who joined the protest late last week said, “The anarchists bother us because of the usual subjects - freedom of expression, tolerance, and moderation. These are leftists revealing their hypocrisy. If [Mahmoud] Abbas would come to the tents he would be received with a big hug. Some of them, when they see a ‘settler’ with a kippa and tzitzit, lose their minds.”

He added, however, that “most of the public accepts us with great enthusiasm. It’s amazing how many rightists there are in Tel Aviv. Even the organizers are trying to welcome us with open arms. We’re not seen as partners but we are recognized as participants and we are here doing the work and saying that our public is also suffering from cuts to education and housing.”

Marzel said that the suffering of the nationalist public is a result of what he called “Netanyahu's brutal freeze. This is something which we must prepare to fight against.”

He added, “Anarchists have a tendency to violence but our youth are no suckers and they do not turn the other cheek.”

Marzel said the Tel Aviv police “are very liberal and give the freedom of expression to everyone, both left and right.”

And what is the solution to the housing crisis? Marzel has a simple one.

“Our message is that there is a solution of building in Judea and Samaria,” he concluded.