Cities fight for autonomy: A view from an ongoing protest in Israel

Nufar Avni*

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In this commentary, I use the current protest movement in Israel as an entry point to discuss urban autonomy and social protest in an age of growing polarization between progressive cities and reactionary states. While the nationwide protest is not explicitly framed in urban versus national terms, it has a clear urban dimension. Tel-Aviv-Jaffa is not only the place where the protest movement is the strongest, but the municipality also leverages the protest to demand enhanced autonomy against the right-wing government’s illiberal agendas. I suggest that viewing urban protest through an urban autonomy lens is useful to fully unpack the current wave of protest and situate it within the larger political processes that shape it.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)88-91
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Urban and Regional Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024

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  • Israeli protest movement
  • Tel-Aviv-Jaffa
  • progressive cities
  • urban autonomy
  • urban protest
  • urban-national polarization
  • urban-rural divide


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