May 16, 2005


Roads Closed Throughout Israel as Protesters Take to the Street
23:56 May 16, '05 / 7 Iyar 5765


"If you're arrested, you've won!" was the slogan of Monday's mass protests. At least 235 Israelis were arrested during acts of nationwide civil disobedience, blocking major Israeli thoroughfares.

An army of orange took to the streets, outsmarting and outmanning over 4,000 police officers stationed across the country, in the first round of major protests aimed at derailing the proposed disengagement plan this summer. Streets were closed, and traffic paralyzed for up to an hour in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beersheva, Haifa and elsewhere.

Speaking of orange.. The Israeli government has apparently outlawed the color orange (Hat tip: Israpundit):

This morning, Minister of Public Thought Matan Vilnai, together with Minister of Public Secuirty Gideon Ezra and Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni declared the color orange to be an enemy combatant. As such, it is subject to immediate arrest and adminstrative detention (without trial) as a significant public security risk.

Orange appealed to the Supreme Court, but Chief Justice Barak quickly ruled that declarations by the Minister of Public Thought could no longer be thought about (except by the Justices), and therefore Orange not only had no standing to raise the issue but was in violation of the law by doing so. Orange quickly departed from the court.

All citizens (at least Jewish ones) found to be wearing the color Orange will be considered in violation of thought rulings and subject to arrest, interrigation and administrative detention, unless they are part of evening wear for those living in the upscale sections of Tel Aviv.

So here's what I have to say about that (since they say a picture can say more than a thousand words :)


Now doesn't that look beautiful?

Posted by Maria at May 16, 2005 11:58 PM | TrackBacks
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I guess that's what you'd call a real Orange Revolution!

Posted by: yiddishe-kop at May 17, 2005 04:37 AM Permalink

The actions of our governmentare frightening. I am thinking about putting out a call to all those who are PRO-engagement to put on t-shirts (green) writing in black or white YES engagement and in green NO to silence. Let those opposed SPEAK.

I don't have that many hits to my blog though, and I kind of doubt that anyone will take me up on the idea.

While i think the "disengagement" (uprooting, ethnic cleansing) of Gaza is a horrific and fearful idea, equally appaling, and it should be appaling for all, is arresting, threatening, and harrassing those who protest.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at May 17, 2005 09:03 AM Permalink

I hope you realize the item from Israpundit was a parody of the news item. There is no Minister of Public Thought (at least not yet), the name used is a minister without portfolio.

However, it is true people are being denied access and/or arrested for wearing the color.

Posted by: Akiva at May 18, 2005 01:39 AM Permalink

Lol, oh no, what shall I do? Half (at least) of my summer wardrobe is in various shades of orange! I'm going to have to run around with a little sign on me saying "I support the pullout even though I don't like it" just to define my orange little self --and not get arrested or screamed at by any of the many many people who are going to be way fed up with sitting in protest-caused traffic by the time the time of the pullout actually arrives.

Posted by: katie-yael at May 18, 2005 05:33 AM Permalink

Akiva: Yes I realise, I did the reading.

Katie-Yael: LOL you poor thing

Posted by: Maria at May 18, 2005 10:10 AM Permalink

Akiva, I do realize that, yes. The arrests, the harrassment are all true, and I would think that whether one is for or against the disengagement one would protest the lack of free speech.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at May 20, 2005 10:10 AM Permalink