"Israel's J14 movement: Can it break out of the Zionist box? Palestinians fight for equality in J14," by Jeff Halper | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

So far there is a conscious effort by the majority of protesters and organisers to exclude the occupation from the discussion and to keep the protests "non-political". Israel flags fly galore and every rally ends with the national anthem ("A Jewish soul still yearns/To be a free people in our land/The Land of Zion and Jerusalem"). The organisers are trying to keep the protests with what Israeli Jews call the "national consensus".
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...settlers...are pushing the protest into taking a stand on the occupation. At first they opposed the protests, arguing that the movement is only a guise to weaken Netanyahu in anticipation of the Palestinians' call for statehood at the UN in September. But last week the extremely right-wing and racist settler youth set up tents at the protest site in Tel Aviv (under the slogan "Tel Aviv is Jewish") to push the idea that the solution to the housing crisis is to build massively in the Occupied Territories. In the meantime, 42 Knesset (parliament) members of the right have sent a letter to Netanyahu urging him to solve the housing problem by building massively in the West Bank.
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(Jeff Halper is the director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.)

via Israel's J14 movement: Can it break out of the Zionist box? Palestinians fight for equality in J14 | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal.

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