Peacenik is widely used as a slur 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 serenity action mill around on a superhighway in eastern jerusalem, impounding clues in Arabic, English and Hebrew declaring:” Stop the occupation .” Older, well-dressed intellectual leftwingers with gray-haired “hairs-breadth” and round spectacles mingle with a scruffier younger crowd.
One man with a cigarette dangling in his lip sounds a cowbell. A few Israeli police look on with bored faces. Traffic meanders by as ordinary. Everyone seems to know each other. Another person sitting on the side of the road gestures to a journalist.” Do I have shit on my top ?” he asks, appearing up for chicks on power lines overhead.
This is part of what remains of the Israeli peace camp, crippled by a political arrangement that has lurched wildly to the right. “Leftist” and “peacenik” are widely used as dismissive insults against an ever-embattled section of culture who are increasingly on the periphery and threw as traitors.
In an upcoming election, the question of the Palestinians- formerly the central focus of Israeli politics- is often avoided. A December poll observed while more than half of Jewish Israelis want peace negotiations, almost 75% believed they would fail. The radical that led the survey results, the Israel Democracy Institute, said the peace issue has ” disappeared almost entirely from the Israeli public discourse “.
Four members of Israel’s beleaguered leftwing explain how this happened and why they are impounding on 😛 TAGEND