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Images: Tel Aviv housing protest, clashes with police

By +972 reporters | photos: Oren Ziv and Keren Manor/Activestills

Dozens of thousands of Israeli gathered to protest soaring housing prices in Tel Aviv yesterday, in what was the biggest political rally the city have seen in years, and one of the largest demonstrations over social issues in Israel ever. After midnight, several hundred protesters blocked main roads in Tel Aviv, resulting in clashes with police. 43 were arrested, 11 face charges of “illegal gathering”

Tel Aviv rally over housing prices, July 23-24, 2011 (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)


Read more about the social unrest in Israel and the recent “tent protest”:

After huge rally, social justice protesters block central streets Tel Aviv / Dimi Reider

Understanding the tent protests / Noam Sheizaf

Tent protest: Why we march tonight / Roni Gelbfish

Tent city protest: It’s politics, but not as usual / Dimi Reider

Tel Aviv rally over housing prices, July 23-24, 2011 (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Tel Aviv rally over housing prices, July 23-24, 2011 (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Tel Aviv rally over housing prices, July 23-24, 2011 (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Protesters blocking streets in Tel Aviv following rally over housing prices (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Protesters blocking streets in Tel Aviv following rally over housing prices (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Arrest of a protester in Tel Aviv following rally over housing prices (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Arrests of protesters in Tel Aviv following rally over housing prices (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Arrests of protesters in Tel Aviv following rally over housing prices (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Protesters blocking confront police following rally over housing prices (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Arrests of protesters in Tel Aviv following rally over housing prices (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Protester carrying a sign that reads "Mubarak, Assad, Netanyahu" (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Protesters confront police following rally over housing prices July 23-24, 2011 (photo: Keren Manor/Activestills)

Protesters confront police following rally over housing prices July 23-24, 2011 (photo: Keren Manor/Activestills)

Protesters confront police following rally over housing prices July 23-24, 2011 (photo: Keren Manor/Activestills)

Protesters confront police following rally over housing prices. Sign reads "the market is free. How about you?" (photo: Keren Manor/Activestills)

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    1. Sylvia

      It was expected that the radical left would try to stiffle the social protest, and then hijack it to support its own, single, exclusive political issue. This wouldn’t be the first time. It has happened with Vicki Knafo’s protest, and when it didn’t work, she was dropped like a dirty sock.
      Israelis don’t have time to waste breaking open doors. The boycott law will not pass legal scrutiny, everybody knows that. The Palestinians plan to declare statehood in less than two months. So why not let people who are really suffering and even starving exercise their right to peaceful protest?

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    2. Philos

      Sylvia, what are you talking about? The police are radical leftists?

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    3. Csaba

      As a tourist I see the demonstrations of a bunch of well feeded parasites probably living on account of they parents – and probably they never ever worked on day.

      Regards from an East European tourist.

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    4. Eli

      @CSABA: You might want to spend a bit more time in Israel to properly understand the issues… Israeli’s don’t work hard for little pay?

      Parasites? Wow…

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