Tel Aviv: A call for solidarity from BxA squat

Background: Tel Aviv’s BxA squat was opened in the winter of 2005. For 3 years a group of activists renovated the building, worked on its crappy plumbing and electricity, built 2 kitchens (so that the vegans wouldn’t kill the non-vegans) and did loads of cool stuff with the neighborhood and independently, such as shows, exhibitions, vegan lunches, workshops, movie screenings, activities for the neighborhoods kids etc. All the activities were free, of course. a collective was established, and had tried to amplify the idea of free housing as a natural right here in Israel. the squat was evacuated in the 21/11/07 The Israeli law: The Israeli law says that the police cannot evict a house that has been squatted for 30 days or more without a court order. How come we hadn’t been evicted for 3 years? the building specifically was a Mikve, a Jewish purification bath house that was owned by a religious orthodocs group. There were some illegal eviction attempts, but all of them failed.

5 activists are currently facing a law suit from the Tel Aviv municipality, that is suing them for property tax reaching half a million shekels (about 125,000$). The city is suing them for former tax debts that the building had before the group entered the house, a very peculiar procedure that reeks of illegality. They’re going to have a consideration in January, which would probably end with a small reduction of a couple of thousands of shekels from our debt.

We call out for help! To everyone who was a part of the house in Israel and across the globe and to squatters and activists world wide –

We could really use some financial support. Bands that want to hold benefits in their country or even better – do it here in Israel. Or anything you can think of.

email: basquater@gmail. com

We won’t stop fighting and demand the right to live as free people.

BxA Tel Aviv