Tent City Grows

Aug 8 2011 @ 8:32pm

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Gershom Gorenberg gives some perspective on the scale of this past weekend's protests:

Add up the estimates of 300,000 in Tel Aviv and 30,000 in Jerusalem and more elsewhere and you come to this startling idea: one out of every 20 Israelis was on the streets demanding a better country Saturday night – the equivalent of three million people in France, four million in Egypt, 15 million in the United States. And those comparisons themselves shatter, because, as Ma’ariv’s NRG site reported, the police couldn’t possibly keep track of the crowd that broke down gates and overflowed into alleys and side streets. Or as a police source told the paper: “This is the biggest demonstration we’ve ever, ever faced. We’re seeing hundreds of cars that have simply been left on the Ayalon Freeway and people are walking to the demonstration.” And that’s besides the people who couldn’t get on the overpacked trains to Tel Aviv.

Rafael Frankel thinks Bibi's government is ill-prepared to deal with the tent movement. Yglesias analyzes how Israeli housing problems contribute to settlement expansion.

(Photo: Thousands of people march in the streets during a protest against the rising cost of living on August 6, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Protests across Israel were spurred following a Knesset vote to approve the national housing committees law, which places the authority for approving building projects in the hands of regional committees. By Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)