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Tel Aviv Tent City Expects Police to Swoop

After receiving municipal eviction orders, Tel Aviv tent camp residents are staying put, expect police to use force. Just like "settlers."
By Yoni Kempinski & Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/2/2011, 8:52 PM

As residents of Tel Aviv's tent city protests wait for police to swoop down on them at any hour and evict them by force, they exude a combative mood and apparently intend to put up some kind of struggle.

Kobi Korenblut, an activist in the tent city on Rothschild Avenue, said that many of the people who will be kicked out of the tents "will be going from the street to the street" as they have nowhere else to live.

"Generally I can say that we've experienced a lot of violence from police. We have one guy in this camp with two broken ribs from a baton. Some people in the encampment were tased after they were arrested and handcuffed," he said. 

Arutz Sheva asked Korenblut if he ever thought that evictions in Judea and Samaria could reach Tel Aviv. " I didn’t think it will come to Tel Aviv, there is something a bit ironic in how it turned out," he admitted. "But in the end I think we can learn a lot from what happened there." 

"People had promises of solutions afterward and many of them still don’t have solutions today," he said, apparently referring to the thousands of people evicted from Gush Katif in 2005, many of whom have yet to obtain permanent dwellings.