Roger M. Kaye
A retired physicist reinvented as thriller novels writer

I Protest

I protest.
I call upon all like-minded citizens to join me, our protest must be heard.
But what, you ask, are we protesting against, or possibly for?
If you ask that question, you have shown your lack of understanding, your ignorance, of the world of protest.

It is important that we protest. The subject of our protest is completely irrelevant.
Looking at the protester blocking our streets, stopping ordinary folk from getting to work, endangering people’s lives by blocking ambulances, doctors trying to carry out their duties, we see a bunch of well-dressed, well-fed people. Someone is paying them; someone is behind these protestations.

The last time the world saw a really large protest was back in the 16th century. This religious, cultural, and social upheaval broke the hold of the corrupt medieval Church. The outcome was a new church that took its name from the protesting crowds – the Protestant Church. Of course, getting a large number of people to agree on something as simple as a house of worship proved impossible. The Protestant Church quickly divided itself into Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, and Wesleyan. Somewhat later the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, jumped on the bandwagon.

But, here in Israel, the protests go on. Thousands are set to take part in the 18th week of anti-government protests, we are told. Yes, you read that correctly, thousands. But, out of Israel’s total population, 9,593,000, there are some 6,788,000 eligible voters. Like it or not the majority in Israel’s democracy voted for Netanyahu’s Likud.
It is not the job of a handful of protestors to overturn the will of the people.

Shakespeare had the right idea. Queen Gertrude in Hamlet says, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks“.
Well, me_also_thinks that these protests have gone on way too long.

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveller, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".