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The rise of the Right: Dozens of hilltop youth set up camp in Israel’s biggest tent city

3 August 2011

By Chaim Levinson, Haaretz – 3 Aug 2011

The activists, who belong to the extreme right, claim solution to housing crisis is construction in the West Bank; plan to set up dozens of more tents in coming days.

A few dozen hilltop youth joined the tent city on Rothschild Boulevard Wednesday, erecting 15 tents on the corner of Allenby Street in central Tel Aviv.

The hilltop youth, a group of young people who were born in the settlements and who belong to the extreme right, appeared on Rothschild Boulevard wearing shirts with slogans such as “Tel Aviv is Jewish” and “Jews, let us be victorious.”

The activists planned to set up dozens of additional tents in the coming days.

Meir Butler, one of the hilltop youth leaders, told Haaretz, “We can came here to say ‘yes’ to the social protests, but to also say that there is a solution.” The solution, he said, “is to build in Judea and Samaria.”

Earlier on Wednesday, approximately 200 right-wing activists marched from Habima Square, shouting, “No to bringing down the government, yes to solving the crisis.”

The activists also said they want a solution to the housing crisis and called on the government to lower the price of basic products by 20 percent. Extremist Baruch Marzel also came to Rothschild Boulevard and spoke to some of the protesters.

The organizations that took part in the right-wing march included Im Tirzu, Zo Artzenu, Yisrael Sheli, Bnei Akiva, Ra’ananim, The Committee of South Tel Aviv Neighborhoods, and Yesha council representatives.

One of the activists said that the housing protest is “a wake up call” for the people and for the government, yet added that “there shouldn’t be call for anarchy and to bring down the government.”

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