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20110719 Newly erected tent city in Jerusalem
The students are protesting the soaring prices of apartments for sale and for rent, that have escalated in the last decade to levels unattainable by these young people. They claim the solution is for the government to free up land for housing construction.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (Likud) is well aware of the nationwide protests and urged all politicians to work with him to find a solution to the housing crisis. Construction and Housing Minister Ariel Atias (Shas) announced the building of 6,900 housing units in 38 communities.
In Jerusalem's newly erected tent city the atmosphere is joyous. Students are on summer vacation and this protest supplies them with meaningful activity and social opportunities. Whether these young people will have what it takes to endure a long and exhausting struggle is yet to be seen.
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