I believe this issue is worthy a blog itself. I received a comment on my Electronic Intifada article on the Tent Protest subject which said:
“Dear Palestinians, Not everything in Israel is about you. Believe it or not, we have full lives outside of you.
This comment is only a sample of what Israelis are saying to counter those who attack #j14 for not addressing the real injustice Palestinians suffer inside Israel and the occupied territory. You will see such words everywhere if you try to question the Tent Protest movement or critique any aspect of it.
I replied to that comment saying:
“Nothing can be about you and not about us.
First of all, it wouldn’t have been you if you didn’t steal what was mine and put me under your inhumane military rule.
Second, what you do today affects me more than you would think. I suffer the most under your system, and I care how you drive your protests.”
Today’s headline on Haaretz English is:
Today’s headline on the Jerusalem Post:
This can’t get any more ugly, until now we haven’t seen any official #J14 condemnations of those actions by the Israeli Government! Does #j14 accept that their social issues can be solved at Palestinian expense? really?
Silence is complicity!
It has been claimed that this Tent Protest movement hasn’t addressed any of those issues, even after 4 weeks, because it is afraid of losing public support. We have been called naive for assuming that Israelis wouldn’t address big issues instantly, this doesn’t convince me. Everyday is another chance to open up the conversation, until when should we wait?
Addressing issues related to Palestinians cannot and shouldn’t be ignored in this whole social justice movement. Don’t use the idea that Arabs are joining the protest movement to boost your own interest and publicity! Do not normalize the situation by using Arab presence, Arabs have demands, and you better address those! Please, end the hypocrisy and emerge to reality!