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Settlers raise tensions at housing protests

Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 01:36

Aug 4 - Israeli settlers join housing protest but with differing demands their presence raises tensions. Lily Grimes reports.

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A clash of ideology sparks rising tension. The protesters camped out in Tel Aviv are demanding house price stability and a lower cost of living. But heated disagreements broke out when Ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers joined the demonstration. For Baruch Marzel the solution to the housing problem is simple - build more settlements. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARUCH MARZEL, ULTRA-NATIONALIST SETTLER ACTIVIST, SAYING: "We cannot have millions of people in the small five miles of Tel-Aviv. We have to put, we have a bigger country, we have to put them all all-over. The minute they'll build in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem there'll be enough houses for everybody." This has enraged many of those campaigning for social justice, like Ariel Klutchkin. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ARIEL KLUTCHKIN, TEL AVIV TENT RESIDENT, SAYING: "It think it is shocking. I think this is a group of the most disgusting people in the country. A collection of racists who are trying to piggy-back on this protest. They come here, but the social struggle does not interest them at all. They're not interested in social rights, because if they cared, all those billions were not invested on the settlements. They are only invested due to a political agenda." Those opposing the settlers believe they simply want to expand occupation of Palestinian land. For this camp the act of settlement flies in the face of social justice. Lily Grimes, Reuters

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Settlers raise tensions at housing protests

Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 01:36