Social protest demonstrators near Habima Square in Tel Aviv
Social protest demonstrators near Habima Square in Tel Aviv. Photo by Alon Ron
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Police intelligence officers have been told to collect information about Israeli Arabs who join the social justice protests, Channel 10 reported last night. Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino issued a directive to the police top brass ordering them to document every "involvement of the Arab community in the protests."

Unlike the directives about Jewish demonstrators, which focus on rioters and anarchists, the section about Arabs does not specify which type of demonstrators police should watch out for, referring only to Arabs in general.

The social protest movement is planning to follow up Thursday's dissident "Black Night" events with another march in Tel Aviv on Saturday night against government economic policy. Scores of artists, musicians and other performers last night joined in a boycott of the municipality's annual White Night in a continuation of the protests over police violence against social justice demonstrators.

Marchers will head out from Habima Square for a rally outside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, where the organizers will present a social economic contract including guidelines for the next state budget. They will call on the government to reduce poverty and inequality, increase the state's share in the gross domestic product, implement tax reform and strengthen the pension reserves.

Ben-Gurion University Prof. Yossi Yonah, one of the protest leaders' advisers, and south Tel Aviv activist Itzik Amsalem will be among the rally's speakers.

Organizers said the demonstration was coordinated with the security forces and licensed by Israel Police. The streets Marmorek, Ibn Gvirol and Shaul Hamelech will close to traffic from 7 P.M.

The first Black Night event was kicked off by a group of activists in south Tel Aviv's Shapira neighborhood. Unlike the protest against police brutality last weekend, these activists protested the city's ignoring the neighborhood during White Night.

Police refused to permit the party they were planning, which they took as proof of their point. The organizers decided to turn the party into a community picnic and wrote in its Facebook page: "We decided the situation in the neighborhood was tense enough without confrontation and arrests."

Dan Shochat, one of the organizers, said: "Yesterday we got a call from the Levinsky police station. When we came there they said no way would we get a permit [for the party]. They said if we held it with no permit, we would be officially charged. They said they couldn't let us do it because the protest guys will come, the anarchists."

The police also refused to allow the Black Night event planned in Neveh Sha'anan next to the central bus station. "The police made problems," said Moshe Cohen, one of the organizers. "They told us we need a business license, a permit from a qualified electrician. We brought one, he fixed the power lines. That wasn't enough for them," he said.