Magazine article Tablet Magazine

J14 Movement Leader Daphni Leef Looks Back on What Went Wrong

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

J14 Movement Leader Daphni Leef Looks Back on What Went Wrong

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It was the summer of 2011 when Daphni Leef's landlord informed her that the Tel Aviv building she'd been living in was about to undergo renovations. Leef, then 25, would have to leave her apartment. Scanning the rental ads, she saw that prices had risen dramatically. Rather than engage in the extreme sport that is Tel Aviv apartment-hunting only to wallow in debt, she set up a Facebook event titled "Emergency, take a tent and take a stand." It was Thursday, July 14, when Leef pitched her tent at the center of Rothschild Boulevard in downtown Tel Aviv.

In a matter of days, Rothschild was to become a tent city, full of people similarly fed up with the cost of living. In a matter of weeks, dozens more tent sites were to sprout up across Israel, as hundreds of thousands rallied for the cause. Leef was fast becoming one of the most famous women in the country, and the J14 social justice protest movement that forever changed the face of Israeli society was born. …

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