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As the Coronavirus Spreads in Tel Aviv, Homeless Women Are Treated Like Lepers

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In February I met a homeless woman, addicted to drugs, who is a 42-year-old mother who had worked as a prostitute for years. Now she collects bottles and sleeps in the street with other homeless people in the old central bus station compound in Tel Aviv.

The coronavirus looked very distant at the time. She was upset by the incitement of residents and activists in the Facebook group South Tel Aviv in Withdrawal, which had trickled down to the street and brought about a change in attitude and more difficulties for the homeless.

She told how a policeman had taken away her shopping cart, even though she had begged and explained that it contained a bag with her identity card and important papers, as well as clean needles she had gotten from the Yizhar Project – a Health Ministry program that provides addicts with sterilized needles to prevent illness and infection.

“It took me a lot of time and effort to renew my identity card. What will I do now?” she said. “They kick us out of everywhere. I’ve been living at the bus station for years, I have no right to sit........

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