The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court has issued an injunction against the evacuation of the protest tents in Tel Aviv's Levinsky Park, Rothschild Boulevard, Ben Gurion Boulevard and Noradau Boulevard. Judge Malka Spinzi ruled that the tent cities will not be cleared until the court has discussed the matter.
Meanwhile, the police have decided to issue indictments against seven social protesters who were arrested during a demonstration outside the Tel Aviv Municipality. The detainees are likely to be charged with illegal gathering and assault of police officers.
On Wednesday, activists filed for an injunction against the removal of the protest encampments. "Even if they try to evict us tomorrow, or the day after, or the day after that, we will not leave," Shula Keshet, one of the organizers of the Levinsky Park camp, told Ynet.
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Also Wednesday, some 50 social activists gathered outside Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai's home to protest against his decision to evict the city's protest encampments. Earlier, 40 people were arrested for rioting and clashing with the police in front of City Hall.
Judge Spinzi based her ruling on the fact that the evacuation had been given on short notice, as well as the petitioners' claims of violence.
The Tel Aviv Municipality said that Huldai's bureau had received two anonymous phone calls threatening to murder the mayor. "Let him come out, we want to murder him," the caller said. The matter has been turned over to the police and security measures have been boosted.
Yoav Malka, Naama Cohen-Friedman and Eli Senyor contributed to this report