Sat 24 February 2018 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Levinsky Park - Levinsky Park, Tel Aviv, FREE
We must stop the deportation, we must rebuild Southern Tel-Aviv. Mass rally on February 24th, 20:00, on Levinsky street by HaAliyah street (the rally will be held throughout Levinsky street).
Come protest with us in a mass rally against the deportation of asylum seekers and against the driving out of the long-time residents from the city’s southern neighborhoods. We will demand a real renewal of South Tel-Aviv, to the benefit of all its residents, and a complete halt to the deportation.
Why protest? Because in the coming months asylum seekers are destined to be expelled by the government, to become refugees in foreign countries again, and sometimes even to their death.
The government keeps telling us that the deportation is done “in the name of Southern Tel-Aviv’s residents.” But those who do live in South Tel-Aviv, to whom asylum seekers have been neighbors for close to a decade, know the truth: for years the government has neglected the southern neighborhoods, until the situation there became catastrophic. Now, that same government wants to expel all of us – whether we’re long-time residents and whether we’re African asylum seekers. The only ones to benefit will be real-estate tycoons, who’ll get to build luxury apartments over our neighborhoods, and manpower contractors, who’ll get to import new low-wage workers to substitute those who have been expelled.
If the Israeli government was interested in rebuilding Southern Tel-Aviv, it could have done so years ago. No one would have stopped it. All the billions of shekels invested in incarcerating asylum seekers in “Holot” and in “Saharonim”, in setting up an immigration police, and in an expensive and unnecessary deportation project – could have, instead, been invested in improving the quality of life in South Tel-Aviv.
We won’t allow them to divide and incite between our communities! Deporting people to their death will not improve the condition of our neighborhoods, and we won’t allow that to be done in our names. Instead of incitement and empty words, we demand the government to finally review asylum bids, to receive all those eligible for asylum all throughout Israel, to invest in improving South Tel-Aviv’s crumbling infrastructure, and an immediate halt to the eviction of all of Southern Tel-Aviv’s residents from their homes.
Join us for a mass rally!
Saturday, February 24 2018, 20:00 PM