[ 07/09/2011 - 08:18 PM ] AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Palestinian rights advocates will stage a sit-in at ibn Rushd circle, downtown Al-Khalil 1pm Thursday to protest the continued detention of political prisoners in the Palestinian Authority’s security prisons. According to the latest agreements between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo, all political prisoners were slated to be [...]
Photos by Michele Monni and Silvia Boarini. Written by Michelle Monni. On the last Friday of Ramadan (the holy month for Muslims), around 100 members of the “Olive Revolution” movement…
Sunday, August 14 2011| Ami Kaufman | +972 Magazine With the growing number of calls for J14 to address the “elephant in the room” that apparently no one is willing to talk about – the occupation (shhh!), it’s important to understand something: there is no elephant Demonstration in Beer Sheva, Aug. 13 (photo: Activestills.org) [...]
Posted on August 3, 2011 | Gaza Gateway Tent cities have sprung up around the country, as people frustrated with the high cost of housing in Israel and inspired by campers on the tony Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv are sleeping outside and blocking main roads in protest. Media coverage of the tent protests has [...]
Joseph Dana| Aug 12, 2011 | The National Last weekend, more than 300,000 Israelis protested for economic reform throughout the country. In Tel Aviv, the epicentre of the housing protests, 250,000 Israelis marched to the defence ministry chanting the slogan “the people want social justice”. The demonstrations were some of the largest in Israel’s [...]
Maan News Agency | August 12, 2011 BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — All rallies in support of the Palestinian bid for UN membership in September will be confined to areas where the Palestinian Authority has security control, thus avoiding confrontation with the Israeli army, high-ranking Palestinian Authority sources told Ma’an Thursday. “Ramallah rallies will be carried out [...]
PNN – Palestine News Network – 12.08.11 Ramallah – PNN – On Friday three children were injured many were treated for the effects of tear gas in halation as Israeli troops attacked anti-wall protests organized in a number of West Bank communities. Protests took place in the central West Bank villages of al-Nabi Salleh, Bil’in, [...]
By Jeff Halper | Palestine Chronicle | Aug 11, 2011 The demonstrations currently roiling Israel constitute a grassroots challenge to Israel’s neo-liberal regime. Beginning as an uprising of the middle classes – especially young people who have trouble finding affordable housing – it has spread to the working class, the poor, and the Arab [...]
Published today (updated) 10/08/2011 14:23 Israeli demonstrators protest against rising housing prices and social inequalities in Tel Aviv on August 6. [AFP/Menahem Kahana, File] JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s social protest movement on Wednesday called for demonstrations to be held across the country on Saturday except in Tel Aviv which saw mass rallies last week. “We [...]
Over the past few days, more than 250,000 Israelis have protested in the streets of Tel Aviv and other cities over the rising costs of housing and food. The protesters there borrowed much from the Arab Spring. They even carried banners that read “Leave, here is Egypt” in both Arabic and Hebrew, and used the well known Arab Spring chant where they kept the first part of it in Arabic and added a Hebrew part to it to become “Al-Shaab yurid Tzedek Chevrati” (The People demand Social Justice”).
On Twitter, Egyptians followed the protests, using a derogatory hash tag that makes funny analogies [Ar] between the events the took place during the Egyptian revolution, and imaginary similar events using names of Israeli officials and mock characters instead. However the name of the hashtag #ThawretWeladElKalb, which literally translates to “Sons of Dogs Revolution,” sparked lot of debate on both sides.
Israeli Elizabeth Tsurkov noticed the hashtag and tweeted her disappointment with it.
She also added:
On the other side of the border, people were divided. While some defended the hashtag, others found it inappropriate.
@cold0shoulder: An Israeli exclusive: protesting in someone else's occupied land!
Comr4da – who agrees with Ramy Zreik [Ar] that such protests might only lead to building new settlements on occupied land – said:
@Comr4de: الى المعاتيه اللى بيأيدوا مظاهرات الصهاينه.الحل الوحيد لمشكلة السكن اللى هى سبب التظاهر هو سرقه أرض جديده لبناء مستوطنات
Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff also tweeted:
@CarlosLatuff: Egyptians don't be fooled. Protests in Israel have more to do with middle class living costs than against occupation
From Tunisia, Marwan-el-Tounisi added:
@Marwouantounsi: I am Tunisian and I support this: #ThawretWeladElKalb 10000%, Die Zionists.
On the other hand many others opposed the hashtag. Sara Abdelazim believes that generalization is bad. She added:
@Lujee: So for years ppl complain that nobody in Israel speaks up against what their government is doing and when they do, they get insulted for it?
Differentiation between Jews, Israelis and Zionists in daily Arabic language is sometimes not that clear. So, Nada Iskandar – who believes the hash tag is racist – tweeted that we should pay attention to such differences. Essam El-Zamil also decided to stop using the hashtag since some of the participants in the protests are Arabs. Ahmed Saker and Amr El Gohary found the hashtag childish and non-constructive respectively.
I do not hate Israelis (although the Arab educational system raises you up to hate Jews automatically, and to feel superior towards others in general) but I definitely oppose and hate the crimes done by the state of Israel, just the way I do with our Arab dictatorships (keeping in my mind that Israel has been acting way more merciful with its own citizens, unlike our almighty police-state regimes). On the other hand, I also have the same feelings towards Arab suicide bombers who kill people in a night club or a school bus. I believe killing a human cannot be justified what so ever, regardless of the ideology, identity, or religion of the victim and the victimizer.
Mona then added how the peaceful protest of Arabs in their Arab Spring shouldn't be stopped there.
Arabs cannot give up the peaceful path they chose, just when the subject comes to their “classical enemy” Israel. Arab revolutionaries should act more responsible not to contradict themselves and clearly understand what Gandhi once said “an eye for an eye makes the world blind”. They should give up their long heritage that is filled with epics about revenge represented within heroic frames.
Arabs should also understand that their revolutions will only stand up truly when they strongly believe that the revolutions are not only against figures of their regimes but also revolutions to reconstruct their cultures and root out all forms of discrimination because simply discrimination can never be justified and verbal abuse only makes you look worse. Arabs cannot label every Israeli as a criminal, and ironically enough, they do not know that people who protested recently in Israel come from different backgrounds including anti-occupation activists and Arab-Israelis.
Another Israeli blogger, The Elder of Ziyon, wrote saying that the reference of Jews as dog is historic.
In fact, calling someone a dog is also one of the most common swear words in Egypt. It is so common that it is one of the few swear words that are not censored in movies. Recently there was a debate in Egypt on whether a political reform should come first, or the rights of the poor; and an Egyptian blogger wrote a post under the name “It's the poor first, sons of dog [Ar]“, attacking those who care about political reform and constitutional changes more than social justice. The blog became so popular so that many people used to quote its title in their discussions on and off-line.
And finally, Ahmed Kamal suggested an alternative hashtag.
@ahmed_virgine: Thawret Welad El3am ,,,hom mesh bany admen zayena ….wallahe alsho3oa 3′albana al7okam homa wlad elkalb.
PressTV - Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:25AM GMT Israeli police confront demonstrators as thousands of people march in the streets during a protest against the rising cost of living on August 6, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israeli anti-regime demonstrators carrying torches have held fresh rallies in al-Quds (Jerusalem) as part of a weeks-long protest [...]
8 August 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank On the 7th of August at 2:30am, 13 military jeeps entered the village of Ni’lin, took control of its southern region, and proceeded towards the nearby village of Qibya to arrest a Palestinian following an aggressive raid the previous night. Locals curious about the raid have [...]
Tents of right wing sttlers, rotshild, Tel Aviv, Israel, 4/8/2011. Source and more Photography on the FlickrStream of Activestills Why So Serious ? by .@YasirTineh: The Chutzpah of Israeli Tent Protests Filed under: Photography, Protest, Racism, Zionism
Yasir M. Tineh | Aug 7, 2011 Revolution has fueled the MENA region this year & the least to say is that 2011 has been one of the most productive years in voicing Human Rights in countries where that seemed rather bleak in recent history. It is evident also that this has given hope to [...]
Sunday, August 7 2011| Noam Sheizaf | +972Magazine Now that the entire Israeli public is listening, it’s time to open up the conversation Protesters in Tel Aviv. Does Justice refer to Palestinians as well? (photo: Oren Ziv / Activestills) Many people have rightly pointed out that the J14 protests, which mobilized Israelis to the country’s [...]