Americans Are Buying Up Tel Aviv Homes, Destroying the City in the Process

It's the filth and the rats that allow me to live in Tel Aviv. When they disappear, I'll disappear too

Tel Aviv last month, during the third Coronavirus lockdown.
Tel Aviv last month, during the third Coronavirus lockdown.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Ofri Ilany
Ofri Ilany
Ofri Ilany
Ofri Ilany

In all the cities I’ve lived in, big capital arrived and pushed me out. That’s also a basic experience of many people I know. We thought we’d discovered a city – Tel Aviv, Berlin, Barcelona, San Francisco. We got to know it and fell in love with it. We wandered the streets, sat on the benches, dipped our toes in the sea or the river.