Peacenik is widely used as a insult in Israel. Here four campaigners explain their demise and why they hold on
It’s a sad-looking protest. A few dozen members of Israel’s beleaguered treaty crusade mill around on a road in eastern jerusalem, impounding mansions in Arabic, English and Hebrew declaring:” Stop the occupation .” Older, well-dressed intellectual leftwingers with grey “hairs-breadth” and round sights mingle with a scruffier younger crowd.
One man with a cigarette dangling in his lip reverberates a cowbell. A few Israeli police look on with bored sayings. Traffic meanders by as ordinary. Everyone seems to know each other. Another person sitting on the side of the road gestures to a correspondent.” Do I have shit on my premier ?” he expects, gazing up for birds on power lines overhead.
This is part of what remains of the Israeli peace camp, crippled by a political arrangement that has careened wildly to the right. “Leftist” and “peacenik” are widely used as insulting innuendoes against an ever-embattled section of civilization who are increasingly on the fringe and slammed as traitors.
In an upcoming election, the issue of the Palestinians- formerly the center focus of Israeli politics- is often circumvented. A December poll knew while more than half of Jewish Israelis want peace negotiations, almost 75% believed they would fail. The group 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 propping on 😛 TAGEND