Nightlife Against Deportation gains momentum in Tel Aviv
Clubbing makes a difference with the Nightlife Against Deportation movement.
Whoever said that club-goers and party animals don’t care about anything, but the rave, should take a trip to Tel Aviv where a movement is brewing in nightclubs.
The movement has come into fruition because the Israeli government is planning a mass deportation act that will force tens of thousands of asylum seekers (Africans) to choose between deportation or face jail time for an unspecified length of time.
This has upset many local Israelis, who believe it inhumane to deport those fleeing from brutal circumstances like war, genocide and dictatorship
In a somewhat unexpected stance, those who provide means to dance are now leading this movement against deportation- and club goers can help, simply by doing what they love; enjoying music and dancing.
A literal movement
Benji lenfant, local DJ and co-partner of Grounded Festival, spoke out about nightlife’s duty to support such a cause:
“Nightlife is much more than just entertainment. Through nightlife we’re making the struggle accessible to the simple clubber. In my opinion, social struggles and nightlife have always gone hand in hand, we as club owners have a platform and the ability to protest and to organize events, and that’s why it’s important to us to take practical steps and not only to write a manifesto, but also to give money to those organizations, every business according to its ability; To provide fuel for the struggle.”
Thus far Lenfant and his partners launched a petition, which garnered 30 signatures from different businesses in Tel Aviv.
Read Benji’s full post on Facebook here.
Go out and dance for a cause as the Nightlife Against Deportation weekend.