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Tel Aviv Writers Scrap Events To Protest Arrests

At least two events scheduled for Tel Aviv’s annual White Night cultural celebration have been canceled, due to participants’ anger over the police’s use of brutality during the social protests that took place over the weekend.

A main literary event that was supposed to held during the cultural celebration on Thursday was called off by the participants themselves, which the prominent Israeli authors and literary figures Etgar Keret, Alex Epstein, Orly Castel-Bloom, Dof Alfon, and Yaheli Sobol.

“Following the violence of the police against demonstrators for social justice, and many other violent acts over the last week, we have decided to cancel our participation in the White Nights events scheduled to take place this Thursday, under the sponsorship of the Tel Aviv municipality,” the participants announced. “Tel Aviv is a beloved and important city to all of us, but right now it has no reason to celebrate.”

The Ozen Bar has also called off the marathon of concerts it had planned for the evening.

For more, go to Haaretz.com

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