Maybe it was the darkness in the park, the music before the demo ( REM doesn't sound like a Che Guevara Song) , the spirit of the marchers, and the speeches. Maybe it was the short time the demo went on. I can't point to something specific..but its clear that Gan Havradim (the rose garden) in Jerusalem, is not Tahrir Sq. And last night’s demonstration there was not one like those we had this summer here in the city.
A student standing next to me called for a strike during the coming opening of the University academic year, , and was immediately silenced by his mates, "if you have something to say, make an appointment with the students leader and tell him what you have to say", he was told.
It's clear Jerusalemites are not ready for a Social revolution. The people are not angry and hungry enough to bring a change. Something is missing in the eyes of the ones who call for social justice during the summer.
In the demo yesterday the old vanguard of what remains from the left was there, almost as a rescue team. The same old faces felt the need to show their presence.
And the obedience......... to the point that the Knesset security guards, as if embarrassed by the precautions taken against the march opened the perimeter fences to allow the demonstrators, who posed no security risk, to use the entrance of the Israeli parliament to speed their departure from the place.....
Who can really believe the 3000 (???) people in Gan Havradim yesterday could bring any change?.
October 2011. Quique Kierszenbaum