Israel Social Protesters Take Over Abandoned Jerusalem Building

Around 20 protesters plan to stay overnight in three-story building in Jerusalem's German Colony neighborhood.

Around 20 social protesters on Wednesday evening took over an abandoned three-story building in the Jerusalem's German Colony neighborhood.

The protesters intend to stay in the building overnight.

Jerusalem housing protest August 31, 2011 (Tomer Appelbaum)
Tomer Appelbaum

The building was owned by the Ministry of Industry, Labor and Trade and is currently owned by a contractor company. It has stood abandoned for many years.

The protesters are demonstrating against a plan to turn the building into a hotel.

Protesters arrived throughout the day and began to clean the building to prepare for the planned overnight stay.

Neighbors called the police and a patrol car came to the site and remained for several hours. Protesters waited for the patrol car to leave before taking over the house again.

Also on Wednesday, social protesters demonstrated outside the home of Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz in Mevaseret Zion and Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar in Tel Aviv.