From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Activists’ fury over ‘violent’ protest camp break-up
Monday 09 January 2012
Israeli leftwingers accused police of using excessive force on Sunday after officers broke up a rally against plans to remove a Tel Aviv protest encampment.
The tent protest in Hatikva neighbourhood, which began in June, aims to highlight the shortage of affordable homes in Israel.
When local authorities announced their intention to clear the tents on Sunday a crowd of hundreds including members of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, or Hadash, took to the streets to peacefully defend the camp and demand “housing for all.”
Police waded in after some blocked traffic and arrested 23. Some protesters were allegedly beaten by officers.
Activist Stav Shaffir said: “A number of officers dragged me to their vehicle. They carried me while I was choking.”
Hadash MP Dov Khenin condemned the “police violence” and called on local authorities to “find solutions” for people being priced out of the capital.
Israeli MPs approved draconian new penalties today on undocumented migrants and Israeli citizens who help them, one of several new measures designed to prevent African people seeking sanctuary from poverty and conflict: here.