Gaza War – More than 1000 Israelis protest are against it

Less than 24 hours after the demonstration I attended against the war – it broke out by a blitz by the Israeli Air Force. A counter attack of rockets fell on Israeli towns. It dominates the news worldwide.

So, 8 hours after the war broke out, also the voice of the minority was heard. I attended another demonstration, with the same type of crowd, but in much bigger numbers. 


Anti Gaza War Demonstration #2
Anti Gaza War Demonstration #2

More than a thousand people marched from the Cinemateque to the gates of the “Kirya” – Israeli Defense Minstry in Tel Aviv. PM Olmert was visiting there at the same time and talking to reported about the operation.

The slogans were the same, and also the main speaker was the same guy – Dov Khenin. The message changed, since the war already was in action. 

He called for an immedate cessation of hostilies. 

Currently, the fighting is still going on, and only the radical left wing parties are against it. The Israeli left Meretz party currently supports it. They’ll probably change their mind in a few days, when they’ll understand that it leads to nowhere. They always wake up too late.

Anyway, for whoever is reading this overseas, I’m writing a second post about (almost) the same issue so soon, just to stress that there is also a different voice in the Israeli street, currently a very small minority.


Protest Against the Gaza War #2
Protest Against the Gaza War #2



More (bad quality, sorry) pictures from the second Anti Gaza War Demonstration.

Anti Gaza War Demonstration in Tel Aviv

The stakes are high in the Gaza strip. Black clouds of war loom over it. Not everybody is supportive of an invasion. Though I think it’s currently only a war of words, I stood with protesters this afternoon in an antiwar demonstration.

Anti Gaza War Demonstration
Anti Gaza War Demonstration

Like in the protests during the Lebanon war, the red colors dominated the scene. With the general elections coming in 6 weeks, there were signs that were directed to the elections.

The red Hadash party was behind this protest. Member of Knesset Dov Khenin was there, holding a sign, and then speaking in front of about 200 people that gathered.

He said there’s another solution to the sorry state of Quassam rockets on Sderot – not a military one. He called for a real “Tahadiya”, including a prisoner swap and resuming negotiations with Mahmuyd Abbas (Abu Mazen).


Dov Khenin
Dov Khenin

The slogans that were shouted over and over again throughout the protest were similar to the those during the Lebanon war: “In Gaza and in Sderot, children want to live” (literal translation from Hebrew) sounded exactly like “In Beirut and in the Krayot, children want to live”. 

The difference is that this time it’s in the south and not in the north, and that this time I went to protest before the war breaks out, and after our army is in the mud.

Well, there are other differences as well, but that’s enough for now.

Protesting against Gaza Invasion in Tel Aviv
Protesting against Gaza Invasion in Tel Aviv

More pictures from this preliminary Anti Gaza War Demonstration

I hope to upload some videos later on this weekend. Happy Holidays!

Updates: As you all know, the war broke out, and I’ve been to more demonstrations:

Gaza War – More than 1000 Israelis protest are against it

Gaza War – 10,000 Israeli Protesters Couldn’t Stop the Invasion

Gaza War also affects the price of oil.

Gaza Invasion talks aren’t serious

Lots of Israeli politicians are speaking loudly about invading Gaza. This follows the expiration of the Tahadiya agreement between Israel and Hamas.

Well, since there are less than 50 days till the elections, these statements should be taken with a grain of salt. Everyone wants to be tough and strong before the elections on February 10th.

The government did NOT decide to invade Gaza in its meeting yesterday. They’re just making noise about it, to be seen as tough guys. I must say that this attitude had an effect on Hamas – they announced a 24 hour ceasefire – officially due to an Egyptian request.

The army is NOT ready for this invasion, as it wasn’t ready for the Lebanon war in 2006. I think that the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense don’t trust the army after that was 2 years ago.

Right wing opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu is promising a stronger approach in his election campaign, and the leaders of Kadima are dragging along – bot only with their mouths…

God Bless America!

Obama made it! I’ve followed the elections throughout the night (here in Israel), and I’m so happy. This is one of the most exciting moments.


He did it with great style: At the time of the writing, he’s leading 349-159 in electors, and 5% in popular votes. Some results are still missing, but there’s no doubt that his victory is huge. A true landslide victory.

I had a few doubts regarding the polls, especially when I’ve seen somewhere the following question: Do you know someone that race influences his decision? A third of the people said Yes. Of course, no one admitted that he’s influenced, but a third of the people “know somebody” like that.

Well, at the end, it didn’t happen. The victory is huge, and the change that will happen in America, and around the world will be very tremendous.

What I expect to see

First, changing the state of mind regarding the economy is major. Even if he fails to provide health care for all Americans, putting this issue high on the agenda will help many Americans.

Another economic change is in tax policy: stating “spread the wealth” doesn’t really comply with the American way (McCain attacked him on this), and getting support for these socialist (god forbid) ideas in the US, will have a huge impact all over the world.

Regarding Iraq, I don’t have great expectations: the direction is outwards anyway. He won’t do it instantly, but it will happen soon.

And the biggest change is of course the color. Everyone talks about it. Obama declared that “Anything is possible“. A black man in conservative America’s White House is truly inspiring for everyone seeking for a positive change around the world.

In the meantime in the middle east

And what impact will it have on Israel? Well, we’re holding elections in three months, and there’s nothing to wait for. Our politicians are bad, boring, and cannot provide or even imagine any positive change. Maybe Obama’s victory will impact the next general elections.

But, in the municipal scene in my beloved Tel Aviv, Obama’s victory can give a push to Dov Khenin, my candidate for mayor. His red-green ideas, his dare to imagine while adopting practical ideas from to make these dreams real and his passionate campaign are somewhat similar to Obama’s way. I hope that Obama’s victory will give a push to our campaign in Tel Aviv, ending on November 11th.

I’m celebrating!

Too much coverage

The kidnapped Israeli soldiers are being buried today, after the swap yesterday. The kidnapping, two years ago, sparkled the war. Bringing their bodies back home is a closure for that war and is a major news event. Still, the media is dwelling with the corpses and the funerals way too much.

Everybody knew that they are dead. The evidence showed that. PM Olmert said that he wouldn’t bargain for coffins, way back in 2006. The government began a process of declaring them as dead, as a tactic in the negotiations with Hizballah. Hizballah played a cruel game and never said a word about their situation.

Despite being aware of the imminent results, the media expressed some hope in the days before the swap. After the swap, there’s an obsessive coverage of every small detail around the funeral. Too much information about the look in Barak’s eyes or the speeches of grieved family members.

Headlines of Internet sites, which switch between items very frequently in Israel, are switching between funeral details. TV, which I don’t watch, is showing these issues all the time.

I would prefer a more humble and dignified approach in memory of the soldiers, and in memory of all the other victims of that war.