Israel Brief December 22, 2013: Bomb explodes on bus near Tel Aviv; no one hurt

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Bomb explodes on bus near Tel Aviv; no one hurt

Source: JTA, 12-22-13

A bomb exploded on a public bus in Bat Yam, a city neighboring Tel Aviv, after the passengers had been removed….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 30, 2013: Iron Dome deployed in Tel Aviv as US moves closer to Syria strike

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Iron Dome deployed in Tel Aviv as U.S. moves closer to Syria strike

Source: JTA, 8-30-13

The Israeli army has deployed the Iron Dome rocket interception system around Tel Aviv in preparation for a possible strike by Syria….READ MORE

Israel Brief July 14, 2013: Thousands rally in Tel Aviv for social justice protests

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Thousands rally in Tel Aviv for social justice

Source: JTA, 7-14-13

More than 3,000 Israelis marked the two-year anniversary of the social justice protest movement and protested current government economic policy during a rally in Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 13, 2013: President Barack Obama extends Jerusalem embassy waiver

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Obama extends Jerusalem embassy waiver

Source: Jweekly.com, 6-13-13‎

President Barack Obama extended for six months a waiver on a 1990s law that would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 20, 2013: US President Barack Obama Says in Hebrew It’s Good to be Back in in the Land of Israel “אובמה בעברית: “טוב להיות שוב בארץ

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“אובמה בעברית: “טוב להיות שוב בארץ

Source: Ynetnews, 3-20-13

אובמה בעברית: “טוב להיות שוב בארץ”. ביקור היסטורי: הנשיא האמריקני הגיע לירושלים לאחר שהתקבל בטקס ממלכתי בנתב”ג. אובמה לפרס: “מה שלומך חבר?”. ליאיר לפיד אמר הנשיא: “עוד ניפגש”. נתניהו: “תודה שאתה לצדנו”. ביקור היסטורי ראשון בישראל כנשיא. “ארצות הברית גאה לעמוד לצד ישראל כבת הברית החזקה ביותר והחברה הטובה ביותר”. כך אמר היום (ד’) נשיא ארה”ב ברק אובמה אחרי נחיתתו בישראל. ב-12:10 נחת המטוס הנשיאותי “אייר פורס 1″ בנמל התעופה בן גוריון. אובמה התקבל על ידי ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו ונשיא המדינה שמעון פרס…

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Israel Political Brief February 27, 2013: Iron Dome tested near Jerusalem

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Iron Dome tested near Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 2-27-13

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was tested near the city of Modi’in, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 26, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Changeover Ceremony for his Military Secretary

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Changeover Ceremony for his Military Secretary

Source: PMO, 11-26-12

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, made the following remarks at the changeover ceremony for the post of Prime Minister’s Military Secretary:

“First, I would like to express personal appreciation to Defense Minister Ehud Barak. We have known each other operationally for many decades. I am familiar with your great contribution to the IDF and the security of Israel, and your contribution in the Government, in both counsel and action, on matters that are very important to the security of Israeli citizens and the state. Therefore, I would like to thank you.

I have great faith in all of you – generals, commanders, soldiers, in the IDF and in the Israeli people. It is becoming more and more clear in the annals of the Jewish People that the great difference is not in those who wish to destroy us. Anti-Semitism exists, it changes its forms – and the Jewish People have still not found rest, and it is doubtful if it will come in the form that our prophets hoped it would. The only thing that separates the fate of our people from that of the dark periods in our past is the IDF, the security services and our ability to realize the mighty potential that there is here in order to defend our people. The power is great, the achievements are very great and so is the mission. I have no doubt that we will meet it together.”

Israel Political Brief November 23, 2012: Palestinians, Arab-Israeli arrested for Tel Aviv bus bombing

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Palestinians, Arab-Israeli arrested for Tel Aviv bus bombing

Source: JTA, 11-23-12

Israel’s domestic security agency arrested several Palestinians for allegedly blowing up a bus in Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Israel Brief November 21, 2012: Tel Aviv bus bombed in apparent terror attack, 10 wounded

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Bus explodes in Tel Aviv in apparent terror attack

Source: JTA, 11-21-12

A bus exploded in Tel Aviv in what police believe was a terrorist attack. Read more »

10 wounded in blast aboard Tel Aviv bus

Source: WaPo, 11-21-12

Ten people were wounded Wednesday morning after an explosion inside a bus in central Tel Aviv, authorities said. At least three were taken to a hospital with critical injuries….READ MORE

Israel Brief November 19, 2012: Ben Gurion flight paths rerouted due to Iron Dome

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Ben Gurion flight paths rerouted due to Iron Dome

Source: JTA, 11-19-12

The flight path of planes arriving at and departing from Ben Gurion Airport have been rerouted from regular takeoff and landing paths to protect them from Iron Dome….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 19, 2012: Israel Deflects 44 Million Cyber Attacks

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Israel Deflects 44 Million Cyber Attacks

Israel said it had become the victim of 44 million cyber attacks since the beginning of Pillar of Defense operation last week.

Source: INN, 11-19-12

Israel said it had become the victim of a mass cyber-warfare campaign with millions of attempts to hack state websites since the beginning of Pillar of Defense counterterrorist campaign last week.

Speaking Sunday ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said the government was now waging war on “a second front — of cyber attacks against Israel.”

Steinitz said in the past four days, Israel had “deflected 44 million cyber attacks on government websites. All the attacks were thwarted except for one, which targeted a specific website that was down for six or seven minutes.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 17, 2012: Newly placed Iron Dome battery intercepts rocket fired at Tel Aviv

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Newly placed Iron Dome battery intercepts rocket fired at Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 11-17-12

A fifth Iron Dome missile defense system was deployed in the Tel Aviv area, and shortly afterwards intercepted a rocket aimed at the major Israeli city….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 16, 2012: Missiles from Gaza fired on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

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Missiles from Gaza fired on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Source: NBC News, 11-16-12

On the third day of escalating violence between Israel and Gaza, air raid sirens cried out in Israel’s two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as residents moved into underground shelters, NBC reporters on the scene said.

At least one rocket fired from Gaza toward Jerusalem landed outside the city, which is more than 60 miles from the Gaza Strip, according to NBC’s Martin Fletcher. There were no injuries or damage. This was the first Palestinian rocket to reach the vicinity of Jerusalem since 1970.

Earlier, at least one rocket fired toward coastal Tel Aviv fell into the sea.

“The rocket landed off the shores of Tel Aviv,” a police spokesman told Reuters. This was the second attack on Tel Aviv in as many days, with rockets nearly hitting the city on Thursday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Explosion heard in Tel Aviv as Gaza clashes mount

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Explosion heard in Tel Aviv as Gaza clashes mount

Source:  CBS News, 11-15-12

Palestinian militants barraged Israel with nearly 150 rockets on Thursday, killing three people as Israel pressed a punishing campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Israel launches retaliation strikes against Hamas rocket attacks

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Israel launches retaliation strikes against Hamas rocket attacks

Source: Fox News, 11-15-12

Israel moved closer to an all-out ground war with Hamas Thursday, as Israeli planes, tanks and gunboats pounded suspected militant positions in Gaza in retaliation for another day of Hamas rocket attacks that left at least three Israelis dead….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Rocket strikes southern outskirts of Tel Aviv

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Rocket strikes southern outskirts of Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 11-15-12

A rocket fired from Gaza struck the metropolitan Tel Aviv area….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Three Israelis killed by rocket from Gaza, UN Security Council meets

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Three Israelis killed by rocket from Gaza, U.N. Security Council meets

Source: JTA, 11-15-12

Three Israelis were killed when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit their home in southern Israel….READ MORE

Israel Brief October 28, 2012: Tel Aviv rally marks 17th anniversary of assasinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s death

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Tel Aviv rally marks anniversary of Rabin’s death

Source: JTA, 10-28-12

About 20,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to pay tribute to the memory of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 15, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Orders Investigation into Case of Demonstrator Who set Himself on Fire During Tel Aviv Protest

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Netanyahu orders probe into case of demonstrator who set himself alight

Source: JTA, 7-15-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the relevant ministries to look into the case of an Israeli social justice protester who set himself on fire at a Tel Aviv demonstration….READ MORE

Israel Brief June 27, 2012: Social Protest Returns as Activists Set Up Tents in Tel Aviv

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Social Protest Returns as Activists Set Up Tents in Tel Aviv

Social protest activists set up some 20 tents in a park near the central train station in Tel Aviv, this time approved by the city.
Tent city protester with laptop

Tent city protester with laptop
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Social protest activists set up about 20 tents on Tuesday in a park near the central train station in Tel Aviv.

The tents were set up with the approval of the City of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Army Radio reported that the municipality has agreed to provide the protesters with toilet stalls, water supply, lighting and cleaning crews.

An attempt to set up unapproved tents on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard last Friday resulted in the arrest of tent protest leader Daphni Leef and several other activists.

Leef’s arrest sparked outrage, and protesters took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday night, breaking bank windows and battling each other as anarchy hijacked the “social justice” movement.

Demonstrators experienced first-hand police violence that usually is reserved for nationalist protests, but unlike reports of right-wing protests, mainstream media were generally sympathetic to the protesters….READ MORE

Israel Brief June 24, 2012: Social Protests Turn Violent in Tel Aviv, 85 Protesters Arrested

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Social protests turn violent in Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 6-24-12

Social protests in Tel Aviv turned violent as demonstrators shattered windows and attempted to break into banks.

Some 2,000 people gathered Saturday night in Habima Square protesting against socioeconomic inequality as well as police violence. Eighty-five people were arrested, Haaretz reported.

Though the police called to indict some 37 of the demonstrators, the Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court on Sunday ordered the release of all the protesters, since none of them have a police record. The court suggested that police should have released them for the duration of the proceedings, according to Haaretz.

The demonstration spread to banks in Tel Aviv as well as City Hall. Windows were smashed in at least five bank branches, according to reports. The protesters also blocked main thoroughfares in the center of the city.

Some 24 hours earlier, 12 activists were arrested in social protests in Tel Aviv, including Daphni Leef, a high-profile activist leader. Protesters in the Friday night protests accused police of excessive violence.

Israel Political Brief May 24, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Assures Israel will Solve African Migrant Problem — Deportations to Begin ‘Soon’ After Tel Aviv Rally Takes Violent Turn

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Israel will solve African migrant problem, Netanyahu assures

Source: JTA, 5-24-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried violence against African migrants following a night of violent protest.”There is no place for either the expressions or the actions that we witnessed last night,” Netanyahu said Thursday, a day after a demonstration in south Tel Aviv against illegal African migrants turned violent. “I say this to the public at large as well as to the residents of south Tel Aviv, whose pain I understand.”

Netanyahu said the problem of the infiltrators would be solved.

“We will complete construction of the fence within a few months and we will soon begin repatriating infiltrators back to their countries of origin,” he said.

Wednesday night’s violent protest in south Tel Aviv’s Hatikvah neighborhood, involving about 1,000 protesters, ended with 17 arrests.

Protesters attacked African migrants who passed the demonstration, and smashed the windshield of a car carrying three migrants as well as other car windows. They also set trash bins on fire and threw firecrackers at police, Ynet reported. The rioters also broke into and looted shops associated with the African migrant community….READ MORE

Netanyahu: Deportations to Begin ‘Soon’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said his government will begin enforcing Israel’s immigration laws soon; calls for calm in Tel Aviv

Binyamin Netanyahu

Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday vowed to begin enforcing Israel’s immigration laws and deporting illegal aliens “soon.”

“The problem of the illegal aliens must be solved and we will solve it,” Netanyahu said. “We will complete construction of the fence within a few months and we will soon begin repatriating illegal aliens back to their countries of origin..”

“However,” Netanyahu said in reference to violence that erupted following a rally in south Tel Aviv demanding deportations begin. “I would like to make it clear that there is no place for either the expressions or the actions that we witnessed last night.”

“I say this to the public and the residents of Tel Aviv,” he added. “We will solve the problem and we will do so responsibly.”

On Wednesday, more than 1,000 people calling for immigration laws to be enforced demonstrated at the corner of Irgun and Haganah in the southern Tel Aviv neighborhood of Hatikva.

During the rally, MK Danny Danon – who chairs the Knesset committee tasked with preventing illegal immigration to Israel – declared to demonstrators, “The state of Israel is at war with an enemy state that has formed within Israel and has its capital in southern Tel Aviv!”

After the rally some protesters smashed windows, lit garbage cans on fire, and damaged a car that had three illegal aliens in it. No one was hurt in the incident. On Thursday police arrested 12 people on suspicion of attacking the vehicle, and running riot.

Witnesses say vast majority of those who attended the rally both arrived and departed peacefully, despite the deep frustration felt by local residents.

Late last year, Netanyahu – who has described the deluge of illegal aliens in Israel a “national catastrophe” and “demographic threat” – said he would travel to Africa to meet with leaders and arrange for the safe return of their nationals currently in Israel.

Israel, a small nation of some 8 million people – of whom 75% are Jewish – does not have the capacity to absorb large numbers of non-Jewish immigrants or refugees while at the same time ensuring the Jewish character of the state.

Israel’s left has derided attempts to deport illegal aliens as ‘racism’ and ‘incitement,’ and argued that returning African refugees to their countries – especially Sudanese nationals – would endanger their lives.

However, discussions between the Foreign Ministry and the Attorney General this week concluded that in most cases illegal aliens from Africa can be safely returned to their countries of origin….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 13, 2012: Social protest rallies held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

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Social protest rallies held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 5-13-12

Social protest rallies were held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and three other Israeli cities.

The Saturday night rallies, held also in Haifa, Kiryat Shemona and Pardes Hana, were called the beginning of nationwide social justice protests such as those that took place across Israel last summer.

Several thousand Israelis protested in Tel Aviv, with demonstrators marching from poorer southern neighborhoods to Rabin Square. At least nine demonstrators were arrested.

Hundreds marched in Jerusalem toward the Prime Minister’s Residence.

The rallies were part of an international day of protest to mark the first anniversary of the first social justice protest that took place in Puerta del Sol, Madrid.

Rallies in Israel are expected to pick up toward the end of June following the last university final exams.

Israel Brief May 11, 2012: 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Israel

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5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Israel

5.5 earthquake felt in areas from northern Israel to central Israel. Epicenter believed to be in Cyprus.

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An earthquake rocked Israel on Friday evening, shortly before 10:00 p.m. local time, and was felt in areas from northern Israel to central Israel.

According to a Channel 10 News report, the police in the Northern, Central and Tel Aviv Districts said they received hundreds of phone calls from citizens who felt the earthquake. Local residents reported feeling objects and buildings move for about 15 to 20 seconds. There were no reports of injuries or damages.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 5.5 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was in Cyprus, Channel 10 reported.

More than a 100 calls by concerned citizens were received in the northern city of Tzfat alone, the report said. The quake was felt even in Bat Yam, Kfar Saba, Ramat Hasharon, Ra’anana and other areas in central Israel.

Magen David Adom has sent reinforcements to its stations in northern Israel and is preparing for the possibility of secondary tremors, Channel 10 reported….READ MORE

Magnitude-5.3 quake rocks Israel

Source: YNet News, 5-11-12

Shaken residents note tremors in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Beersheba, among other cities; no injuries or damage were immediately reported

An earthquake was felt across Israel on Friday evening. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

Residents said they felt tremors in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beersheba, Haifa, Emek Yizrael, Nahariya, Rehovot and Kiryat Gat among other cities around 9:50 pm. They lasted several seconds.

The US Geological Survey initially reported the quake had a magnitude of 5.5, but according to the Geophysical Institute of Israel it measured 5.3 on the Richter scale. Quakes of such magnitude are considerate moderate.

The quake originated in the Cyprus region, at a depth of 19.8 kilometers (12.3 miles).

“I live in Kiryat Motzkin on the sixth floor. I felt the quake, which lasted a few seconds. I felt the chair I was sitting on move. It was really scary,” Amy Shakedi told Ynet.

The tremor was most widely felt in the north, where residents reported leaving their homes as a precautionary measure.

“I was sitting on the couch when I felt the movement,” a resident of Beit Shean said. “The furniture didn’t move or anything, and there were no damage, but we felt it. We immediately went out on the street, and the neighbors did too.”

A resident of the northern council of Misgav said: “I was sitting at home with my kids. Around 9:52 I felt the floor shaking under my feet. The glass displays started to clink. My six-year-old started to cry. I grabbed the kids and ran outside.”

The last earthquake to hit Israel took place in April 2011, and had a magnitude of 5.9.

Israel Brief March 8, 2012: Purim revelers party, observe holiday nationwide in Israel

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Purim revelers party, observe holiday nationwide

Festivals ranging from Tel Aviv’s zombie march to Holon’s annual Adlayada color city streets as Israeli celebrate Purim.

Source: JPost, 3-8-12

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Purim is a holiday that Israelis of all ages and levels of religious observance can and do enjoy. The holiday celebrations extend from before the holiday itself, well into the weekend where parties will continue to rage for those waiting for the pending workweek to end.

Children across the country arrived to school on Wednesday – the night when the holiday began – and Thursday donning technicolor costumes both of tradition holiday characters like Queen Esther and the evil Persian Haman , and more modern characters that would not seem out of place in a Halloween parade in the United States.

Israelis revel in Purim, 2012       

Reuters/Ronen Zvulun 
Ultra-Orthodox in Bnei Brak read the Megilla

Ultra-Orthodox men unroll a segment of Esther’s megilla (scroll) to commemorate Purim.

Reuters/Nir Elias 
Schoolchildren in Tel Aviv wear costumes for Purim

Schoolchildren parade around wearing their costumes outside the Bialik Rogozin school in south Tel Aviv.

REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun 
A worker walks by Holon Purim Adlayada floats

The 20th annual Holon Adlayada, Israel’s largest Purim parade, focused this year on the Tastes of Childhood.

Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post 
Haredi teen looks for Purim mask in Mea Shearim

A haredi (ultra-Orthodox) teen surveys possible costumes ahead of Purim.

Reuters/Amir Cohen 
Youths take part in annual Tel Aviv Zombia march

Revelers join in the Zombi march, an annual festival in Tel Aviv that precedes Purim.

Israel Sun/Ricardo Malaccao 
Youths take part in annual Tel Aviv Zombia march

Youths in Tel Aviv get dressed up for the annual Zombie march on Tuesday.

Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post 
Constumed children celebrate Purim in Mea Shearim

Children in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood don their costumes in school.

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Haredi man divvies Mishloah Manot in Beit Shemesh

A haredi (ultra-Orthodox) man hands out Mishloah Manot, Purim gift baskets in Ramat Beit Shemesh.

As part of the holiday, some observers hand out Misholoah Manot, Purim baskets that are meant to signify goodwill and a holiday that leaves no one underfed.

A number of festival parades and marches took place across the country, with revelers dressing up as zombies in Tel Aviv, and festival-goers in Holon joining the 20th annual Adlayada, this year centered around the Tastes of Childhood theme.

In Tel Aviv, an alternative Adlayada was organized by some members of last summer’s social protest movement, adopting politicized costumes that, while they conveyed a message, still kept to the holiday’s more jovial essence.

Israel Political Brief October 30, 2011: Social protest rally held in Tel Aviv, other Israel cities

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Social protest rally held in Tel Aviv, other cities

Source: JTA, 10-30-11

Some 20,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv for Israel’s first social protest in two months.

Saturday night’s gathering, joined simultaneously by smaller protests in Jerusalem, Haifa and Kiryat Shemona, among others, attracted a fraction of the 450,000 people across Israel that demonstrated at the end of the summer.

A protest in Beersheba was canceled due to rocket fire from Gaza.

The Tel Aviv rally began on Rothschild Boulevard, where the first and largest tent city from last summer’s protests was located, and moved to Rabin Square.

Israel Brief October 3, 2011: Last Tel Aviv’s social justice protests tent cities evacuated

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Tel Aviv tent cities evacuated

Source: JTA, 10-3-11

The tent cities remaining in Tel Aviv from this summer’s social justice protests were evacuated.

Police and Tel Aviv city inspectors evacuated at least three tent city sites on Monday, as well as empty tents on the main Rothschild Boulevard site. A court injunction prevented a full evacuation of that site.

Those who were evicted from the sites are mostly homeless, according to reports. City social workers have spent several days trying to find places for the homeless tent city dwellers, according to the municipality.

The municipality said it would establish “dialogue centers” on the sites.

Israel Political Brief September 5, 2011: 405,000 Social Protesters Hit Israel’s Streets for March of the Million

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405,000 Social Protesters Hit the Streets

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 9-5-11

Israel’s middle class staged a massive show of strength last night when 405,000 protesters rallied in city streets throughout the country. There were an estimated 292,000 protesters at the largest rally in Tel Aviv, according to figures provided by Trendit to Channel 2 News. The demonstrators marched from Habimah Square at the northern end of Rothschild Boulevard to Kikar Hamedinah, where a major rally was held to protest the high cost of living and demand affordable housing and social justice.

At the same time, there were large rallies in Israel’s other major cities. 50,000 demonstrators gathered in Jerusalem, and 35,000 in Haifa as well as protests in Kiryat Shmona, Carmiel, Nahariya, Afula, Ness Ziona, Arad and other towns. There were no protests in Beersheva and Ashkelon because of security concerns. This was the eighth consecutive Saturday night of major social protests, and the largest so far.

According to figures provided by Trendit, 62% of the demonstrators in Tel Aviv were from the bottom 40% of the population in terms of israel protestsincome, while 18% of the protesters were from the top 10% of income earners.

Protest leader Dafni Leef said, “The struggle has not yet fulfilled its aims but rather has moved up into a new phase. I’m as poor as ever but as happy as I have ever been.”

At the end of the protest she said, “The summer of 2011 is the summer of hope. This hope was borne from the social gaps that have become impossible to bridge. Israeli society which has come here this evening, as well as those who stayed home have reached a red line and has said enough, no more. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of them all of the time. This summer we woke up and opened our eyes.

Protest leader Stav Sapir said, “This struggle will go on beyond the summer. We will continue to struggle while the government ignores us. The government is playing for time and waiting for the protests to tire, and is expecting that the events in September will cause the protest to fade. But we haven’t yet brought to bear all the pressure on the government that we can. We have creative ways to continue to protest such as these Saturdays.”

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Israel Brief August 29, 2011: Seven injured by Palestinian attacker in Tel Aviv

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Seven injured by Palestinian attacker in Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 8-29-11

Seven people were injured in Tel Aviv by a Palestinian who rammed a stolen taxi into a police roadblock outside a nightclub and then got out of the car and began stabbing people.

The attack took place early Monday morning outside the Tel Aviv nightclub Haoman 17. The 20-year-old attacker, a resident of the West Bank town of Nablus, was subdued and taken into custody by Israeli police.

The man hijacked a taxi at 1:30 a.m. and some 10 minutes later drove it into a Border Police roadblock protecting the nightclub, which was packed with more than 1,000 high school students attending a party, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The attacker then got out of the car and shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” — as he assaulted people with a knife.

According to The Jerusalem Post, five of those injured in the attack were members of the Border Police. One of those hurt in the attack was seriously injured, two were moderately injured and the rest were lightly injured, the newspaper reported.

Israel Brief August 29, 2011: Tel Aviv Terror Attack Was Aimed at 2,000 Teens in Nightclub

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Terror Attack in Tel Aviv Was Aimed at 2,000 Teens

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-29-11

Police prevented a huge catastrophe by stopping a Palestinian Authority terrorist who wounded eight people at a Tel Aviv nightclub patronized by approximately 2,000 young people.

Border Police had been preparing for terrorist attacks, and their presence enabled them to stop the terrorist, hailing from Shechem (Nablus) in the Shomron (Samaria), before he could continue his assault with a knife.

The police “prevented a big disaster,” said Police Commander Yochanan Danino.

Dozens of police officers brought down the terrorist, age 25, after he hijacked a taxicab, wounding its driver, and was surprised by a police roadblock, which he slammed into. He then drove on for another half a mile. He then reached a nightclub holding approximately 2,000 young people at a party and continued knifing his victims for a short while until police, alert to his presence and therefore out in numbers, apprehended him.

One Border Police officer suffered wounds in his neck, and the taxi driver was cut on his hands when he tried to yank the knife away from the terrorist.

All of those wounded suffered light to moderate injuries.

The Palestinian Authority has not commented on the terrorist attack. Shechem, from where the terrorist arrived, is under control by the Palestinian Authority, which is committed to dismantling the terrorist infrastructure.

“The incident was further proof of the motivation of terrorists to attack,” Danino said.

The attack still is under investigation, but the Public Security Minister said that the terrorist appears to have acted on his own, bearing out warnings from intelligence officers that “lone terrorists,” without direct involvement of a terrorist organization, are prepared to carry out attacks at any time throughout the country.

A high alert against terror is in effect along the southern border.

via israelnn.com

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