Among the rights that are essential in any democracy are the prerogatives to strike, protest, and march through the streets. However, such demonstrations should not violate any basic principle of democracy.
I know demonstration as a vehicle to promote certain ideas. This is wrong, that is right, don’t forget the right of those, and the underdog is not alone.
A demonstration that calls for less than equal treatment of some of the public is anti-democratic. It is pro-democracy to forbid such events. Likewise, demonstrations promoting to overthrow a democratic regime.
Generally, left-wingers are idealistic and altruistic people. Generally, right-wingers are selfish liars. I know there are important exceptions to this rule.
But this general truth gives a false aura and sense of sainthood to many a left-winger. They are more right than others. This may lead to terrible misconduct. Like antisemitism or racism roaming through a left-wing party practically unhindered because most consider themselves above scrutiny.
I detect a trend like that in the reports about the ongoing anti-Netanyahu protesters. Many seem not to stick to promoting their ideas. They seem to harbor an illusion that they should have the privilege to decide who’s PM.
Reminder: In a democracy, the majority decides. In cases of wrongdoing, the courts decide. In cases of judicial injustice, the constitution and lawgiver decide. Not demonstrators, not social media, and not the media.
Can someone please tell the anti-Bibi demonstrators that they have the right to promote ideas, not to demand obedience to their minority views.
Also not, when they hold that they are the most righteous proper citizens who should be able to speak for the people. As long as the people has not elected them, their voices are as good as anyone else’s. Unless they have arguments to convince others. Then their voices may accomplish more.