Peacenik is widely used as a innuendo in Israel. Here four activists explain their demise and why they hold on
It’s a sad-looking protest. A few dozen members of Israel’s beleaguered peacefulnes gesture mill around on a street in eastern jerusalem, viewing clues in Arabic, English and Hebrew declaring:” Stop the occupation .” Older, well-dressed intellectual leftwingers with gray-headed mane and round spectacles mingle with a scruffier younger crowd.
One man with a cigarette hanging in his mouth resounds a cowbell. A few Israeli police look on with bored formulations. Traffic moves by as normal. Everyone seems to know each other. Another person sitting on the side of the road gestures to a reporter.” Do I have shit on my premier ?” he asks, ogling up for chicks on power lines overhead.
This is part of what remains of the Israeli peace camp, crippled by a political structure that has careened wildly to the right. “Leftist” and “peacenik” are widely used as dismissive slurs against an ever-embattled section of culture who are increasingly on the periphery and slammed as traitors.
In an upcoming election, the issue of the Palestinians- formerly the central focus of Israeli politics- is often circumvented. A December poll detected while more than half of Jewish Israelis want peace negotiations, almost 75% believed they would fail. The group that operated the survey, the Israel Democracy Institute, said the peace issue has ” disappeared almost completely from the Israeli public discourse “.
Four members of Israel’s beleaguered leftwing please explain how this happened and why they are harbouring on 😛 TAGEND