Bringin’ it all back home. That’s what some brilliant young Israeli peace activists have done in posting 10,000 electricity cut off notices on homes and apartments in Israel’s major cities in the past few days:
In a clever and well-coordinated move (what happened to the Shabak?), seventy activists panned out through Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, and plastered 10,000 electricity cut-off notices to the residents. Of course, the cut-off notices were bogus, but they served to literally bring home to the Israelis that Gaza has been threatened by Israel with a general electricity and fuel shut-off in reprisal for shelling Sderot.
In a tactic that Abbie Hoffman would’ve been proud of, these young people have thought of ways to dramatize the suffering that the IDF’s proposed utility cut offs would cause for Gazans. Very little seems to seep through the protective shell that Israelis have erected to keep themselves from having to know anything about what happens in the Territories. Kol ha-kavod to these guerrilla peace activists for forcing, if only for a few moments, Israelis to contemplate the effect of their own actions on their neighbors.
Jerry Haber seems to be on a roll with posts like this lately. I’ll bet that his son, who belongs to Breaking the Silence, had some part in these festivities. If so, more power to him.
Haaretz translates the text of the mock power shut off notices:
The notices posted Thursday by the activists read: “We wish to inform you that there will be a wave of cessation and severance of electricity. We have no choice but to cut off power and we are forced to do it because in your cities reside the commanders of an army that harms civilians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”
“For humanitarian reasons, the cessation of electricity will not be permanent and should leave you to consider: should the flow allotted be directed to hospitals, water systems, sewers or private homes? We apologize for the temporary inconvenience this might cause you and emphasize that this is a necessary defense move,” read the notices.
Jerry provides some background on this protest action and those sponsoring it and a well-earned blast of opprobrium for the heinous acts of the Occupation:
This protest action was sponsored by a coalition of lefties calling themselves, the Front for the Liberation of Gaza. They include some of the “Anarchists” who have been protesting the systematic expropriation of the lands of Bil’in every week. Lately they have also been involved in protesting the Israelis-only road 443, the most notorious of the roads of hafradah (Hebrew for “separation”; I wouldn’t dignify the ideology behind it with the term “apartheid”) And many other groups were involved.
Remember when Israelis justified checkpoints and closures by saying that they were “inconveniences” at worst? Well, apparently, the inconvenience of removing posters on their doors has been driving some of them nuts. Imagine what they would do if some of them had to stand in line for hours to get past a checkpoint? Of if their wives died in labor, or their children were stillborn because they did not have the right permit? Some of them would be fighting each other to sign up for the Masada suicide terrorist brigade.
Ah, ain’t nothing like creative non-violent protest….And it’s on the rise in Israel. From Hebron, from the Olive Harvest, from ICAHD’s rebuilding demolished houses, Taayush, Mahsom Watch, Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human Rights, the Palestinians who protest the hafradah fence (sorry: the land grab wall) weekly….the list goes on, never enough to cover the war crimes.
My favorite response to the action, was, “Nu, higzamtem”, roughly translated as “Come on guys, you exaggerated this time.” They exaggerated? Israel is about to increase the pressure on an entire civilian population, and the Anarchists are the ones being accused of going overboard! Such is the moral rot in Israeli society today.
These young Israeli Gandhis can’t bring peace. They can’t stop the Occupation. But they can be moral witnesses. They won’t have to explain themselves to their grandchildren as will we.
How appropriate that at a time when Jews are celebrating the deeds of a band of religious zealots, who fought a foreign occupying force that dimmed the lights of the Temple, a group of latter-day Maccabbees have arisen to oppose non-violently a foreign occupying force that threatens to dim the lights of Gaza.
Happy Hanukah to you too, Jerry
Meanwhile, the Israeli Supreme Court has temporarily delayed the implementation of this collective punishment/war crime for Gazans. If they deny the IDF the right to enforce this punishment a little of my faith in the Bagatz (Supreme Court) will be restored. If not, what can I say–it’s just more of the same moral miasma.