In the four weeks since the social protests have begun in
Israel, hundreds of have been killed, dozens of women have reportedly
been raped, a number of children tortured, and countless districts have
been looted. The authorities have imposed a complete lock-down on all
cellular networks. All access to Facebook and Twitter has been blocked.
Little information is going in, or out.
Except the absolute, complete opposite.
The social protests in Israel began 4 weeks ago with a national outcry
over the rising price of basics such as cottage cheese. They then
snowballed into a full-blown national movement by way of a simple act by
a then unknown young woman. The act? Striking a tent in Tel-Aviv’s
Rothschild Boulevard in protest of high apartment rental costs.
A single tent became the heart and soul of the movement whose main gripe
is that the middle-class is bearing the brunt of an imbalanced
budgetary spend. “The People Demand Social Justice” is the key chant.
The protests are local, scattered all across Israel, drawing hundreds to
hundreds of thousands. Big name musicians volunteer to headline these
protests. Barricades and PA systems, all donated. People talk about the
movement at every cafe, over every lunch, at every business meeting, at
every family dinner.
it’s been four weeks and zero acts of the barbaric, non-discriminatory
violence we’ve seen across the middle east, and even in the UK. No shots
fired. No stores looted. No form of communication has been shut down.
In fact, not only have the Israeli police and army not taken any role
other than safeguarding the protests themselves, they have even been
applauded, literally, by hundreds of thousands for their efforts.
While in neighboring countries regimes are slaughtering the opposition,
in Israel we have complete free speech to criticize our politicians and
leaders. As I’m typing this, on the TV is Israel’s version of SNL doing a
parody skit of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mishandling of the
situation (they have him wearing a red t-shirt with Che Guevara on it).
they might not be violent, but the protesters intentions are not focused enough to be of any use. if rental prices (which was the major issue) is the problem (and not cottage cheese), then they should build homes. Those people should be protesting in places where there is room for growth, not a city where there is not room to build. If those protesters were real heroes they would be sending a message to Obama and not Bibi. I'm sure it is nice that they are not an angry mob, but they are a lot more effective at causing poor moves by acting like pacifists. So the Israeli protesters get applause for being effective at getting what they want. It doesn't mean what they want is right or isn't misguided.