Tel Aviv Tent City May Move, Knesset Tent City Established

The tent city erected by residents of Netzer Hazani in the park opposite the main train station in Tel Aviv may soon be dismantled.

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Ezra HaLevi, | updated: 13:47

The tent city erected by residents of Netzer Hazani in the park opposite the main train station in Tel Aviv may soon be dismantled, but a new one is being established opposite the Knesset.

The family of Esther Bazak, expelled from their home in N'vei Dekalim, erected a protest tent opposite the Knesset Monday, where the family celebrated the 75th birthday of Savta (Grandma) Esther in their new "home."

"We have set up our home here in order to protest the uprooting of flowering communities, the brutal expulsion of their residents and the betrayal of the Land of Israel," Dan Bazak told Arutz-7.

The family is calling upon all their friends, relatives, acquaintances, "and upon all Jews who are feeling the pain of the expulsion," to join them in protest opposite the Knesset.

"We must not allow the atrocity of the expulsion to be forgotten amidst the frantic discussions regarding the resettlement of those thrown out of their home," the Bazaks said.

A sign in front of the Bazak's campsite reads:

"We refuse to become crippled in terms of our morality - to quickly move our agenda forward, past the evil we have witnessed.

"We refuse to lead to the creation of more refugees, G-d forbid - through our silence and quick return to routine, as though nothing happened.

"We refuse to assist the Prime Minister's political survival - his efforts to present the situation as though 'nothing out of the ordinary happened.' "

Meanwhile, Netzer Hazani residents are experiencing much discomfort as they recover from their expulsion in sweltering tents during the humid Tel Aviv summer months.

"We received permission to stay here in the park until Thursday," said Netzer Hazani refugee Sabin Zarbiv. "At that point we will leave for one of the communities with which negotiations are currently taking place. The conditions here are very difficult and we feel like we have already been here too long. We are waiting for them to find us a solution."