The Slum in the Heart of Tel Aviv Is About to Vanish

In the world's most expensive city, refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers are living in abysmal poverty and overcrowding. The surge in housing prices in Neve Sha'anan and nearby neighborhoods, and the lack of concrete efforts on the part of the city to assist these communities bode ill

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Neve Sha’anan, in south Tel Aviv.
Neve Sha’anan, in south Tel Aviv.
Gili Melnitcki
Gili Melnitcki

“Do they know about the evacuation-reconstruction plan?” I whispered to the person I’ll call Evyatar just before we entered the old apartment he owns in the Neve Sha’anan neighborhood, near the Central Bus Station in south Tel Aviv.

“You don’t have to whisper – they don’t really know Hebrew here, for sure not what ‘evacuation-reconstruction’ is,” he replied. He was opening a fuse box in the hall in search of the cause of the power outage in the apartment he bought years ago as an investment – whose value has soared ever since.

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