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Day 142 Of The War: Kaplan Is Back In Action

A homemade poster from the Kaplan demonstration February 24, 2024. (courtesy)
A homemade poster from the Kaplan demonstration February 24, 2024. (courtesy)

Last night, Kaplan finally resumed its regular role as the center of the protest against the corrupted government in Israel and its myriad measures, especially the judicial overhaul, to change the state of Israel from a democracy to a populist autocracy.

When we arrived at the demonstration, there were already thousands of people holding creative signs and posters. Some carried the flag of Israel. It was a genuine demonstration of Israeli citizens who can’t stand the disconnect between the government and the Knesset with what’s happening in Israel. There is a refusal by those in power, especially Netanyahu, to take responsibility for the worst disaster in the history of Israel. Many of the posters and T-shirts worn by people bore the words “You are the head, you are guilty.”

After a moment of silence in memory of those murdered on October 7th and the soldiers who were killed in action, we sang Hatikva. This was the only time that we sang.Additionally, there were several speeches, including one testimony from a survivor of October 7th, Dr. Ely Hogeg Golan, a physician from Kfar Aza, who was seriously wounded and saved along with her husband and daughter. She told the crowd, “I am speaking on behalf of my friends from Kfar Aza who were murdered, my family, the kibbutz, and the hostages. Return the mandate to the citizens; let’s have elections now. We deserve better, a leader fitting for this wonderful nation.”

Another testimony was given by Or Shneiberg, a reserve soldier who was seriously wounded in the war in Gaza, gave hope to the protesters when he said that on October 7th, we woke up to a state falling apart, a paralyzed and confused leadership that disappeared in real-time. The world collapsing gave us a new chance: an opportunity to renew the contract among us.

There were two other speeches, but in times like these, when there is still a war going on in Gaza, the testimonies of those who were there and survived are the only voices I want to hear. They give me the strength to keep protesting until the removal of this destructive and corrupt government and fill me with hope about the possibility of starting to build a new and improved state of Israel.

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I hold a PhD in English Literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, specializing in writing about issues related to women, literature, culture, and society. Having lived in the US for 15 years (between 1979-1994), I bring a diverse perspective to my work. As a widow, in March 2016, I initiated a support and growth-oriented Facebook group for widows named "Widows Move On." The group has now grown to over 2000 members, providing a valuable space for mutual support and understanding.
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