The reactions of outrage against the massacre of Gaza are timidly making way in the world. Even here in Israel, some warn against the government’s propaganda and call on people to come out into the square. In my own small way, I myself witnessed a small demonstration, which I came across yesterday as I was leaving the university. They were students against the war on Gaza. As it always happens in such cases, another group immediately formed to stand up “for” the war (which seems absurd, but that’s the way it is).
Therefore there was a battle of chants and slogans. Those pro-war Israelis, in my opinion, are rather sad and sordid, because, just as they cheered for the war, they demanded that Arab students show their identity cards or go to the Gaza Strip. The police were watching. Everything went civilly. I made a video with a digital camera. I added background music to it, though unfortunately not a very fitting piece. Here it is:
Andres Bergamini is a member of Le Famiglie della Visitazione. Read his blog Conversando con Gerusalemme at <www.andresbergamini.it/dblog/>. This is his blog entry on 30 December 2008. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).