Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Times they are a'Changin'

Perhaps, maybe, maybe, a revolution is happening here in Israel.
Tens of thousands came to Tel Aviv to protest the social-economic inequalities that characterize our society.

People can't afford housing
Can't afford food
The medical establishment is on the brink of collapse, the doctors have been striking for months, the medical students have now joined them, and the nurses are on their way
The social workers tried to raise their status in the spring, and were given a few more crumbs. They are raising their voices once again.

Peace with our neighbors and the end to the Occupation and the siege can't get Israelis out to the streets, but apartments and cottage cheese and doctors' appointments and welfare can.

Now it's true, that most of the protestors and demonstrators aren't (overly) concerned about the rights of the Palestinians, but it could be a step in the right direction. Becoming aware of the right to rights may push some of these people to the understanding that all peoples, regardless of ethnicity or nationality, have the right to rights.

Here it began with the cottage cheese
And then moved on to housing

Backed by support for doctors

and social workers

The words of Bob Dylan gain new meaning today:

Come gather 'round people, wherever you roam
And admit that the waters, around you have grown
And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

And in my less prolific words:
Perhaps, perhaps,
maybe, maybe,
a revolution is happening here
People are discovering their rights
to rights
They're takin' to the streets
and coming together
to demand the right
to live lives of dignity

Perhaps, perhaps
maybe, maybe
a new day is a dawnin'

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