Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Medinat Mishtarah!

Demonstrators block a motorized police on a Jerusalem street.

Our entire Police State was totally paralyzed for 5 full hours yesterday afternoon. Hundreds of angry demonstrators blocked all major crossroads throughout the whole country. Police had raised the national alert level to Level 3 -- just one stage below a general state of emergency. The Mizrachnikes and Mitnachalim always tryed getting the frum Chareidim to go out and protest with them. For various reasons - which are so full of the regular filthy politics - they never joined forces. But this time, it was different. There was a secret ingredient filling those busy roads, packed with honking motorists. The secret that will awaken Sharon from his stubborn fantasies. The secret that brought all the Chareidim out of Me'ah Shearim. Yesterday, there was Action.

We where all standing at Knisat Lair. (The main entrance - and exit - to and from Jerusalem) 200 teens already got arrested. Arrested I said? I meant dragged and pulled, cruelly pushed and pressed into the tiny meter by meter cages, that fill the especially designed for Police Buggys. As far as my eyes could reach, I see cars. The traffic seems to be endless. Through the dark smoke we saw the black motor bikes coming towards us. Run! Run! Run! We all sprint away. Five minutes later, we return. A policeman tries dragging a 14 year old girl away. She pushed and screamed. She won.

The road is back open, the cars are literally moving inch by inch. Many wave orange flags through their windows. Yehudi Lo Megaresh Yehudi is echoing through the whole fighting field. Our orange army is getting wild. We all grab the metal barriers and block the street once again. Within seconds the police are chasing us. We run into the buildings, parks and gardens. The black motorbikes are chasing us. Brutally slapping, kicking kids. Young innocent kids, just standing quietly on the pavement and enjoying the action.

It's getting dark. Police are still there. The orange posters, flags and banners are proudly blowing through the air. The chanting starts again. Yehudi Lo Megaresh Yehudi, Yehudi Lo Megaresh Yehudi keeps on being shouted. All of us are singing, screaming and booh'ing. Within minutes the German Horses arrive. They chase us. Heavy geared police, wearing helmets and bullet proof shirts, large wooden clubs in their hands. Horses on horses. Brutally running around wild, slapping and beating everyone they could hit. Nazi, Nazi is now being shouted through the streets. Cat chases mouse, policeman chases kid. The sweat is dripping down our forehead, running like never before. Throwing stones and blocking traffic.

Towards midnight the place starts emptying. We all made our ways back home. 300 of our friends where arrested, and cruelly kept in very difficult conditions. Yet this morning they where all dancing lively and singing happily while entering the Masyahu Jail. They where asked to sign not to participate in any other rally, and they would be let free. Guess how many signed. Exactly, not one.

"One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law." Yes, that's Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. Brave prisoners, my hat of to you all!

We have won. Sharon will finally open his stubborn eyes and face the harsh reality; His country will turn upside down, inside out. He'll grab the first possible oppurtunity, and he'll delay the pullout. Delay, forget and cancel. That's the plan. War has been declared, now let the action begin!


  • A truly wonderful piece of writing!

    All I can say is give a huge "krechtz" at the actions of the "Jewish" state.

    By Blogger Frummer?????, at Wednesday, May 18, 2005 12:45:00 AM  

  • There have been so many incidents of this "Police state" thing in the States, but in Israel??? It's sickening...

    By Blogger chayala, at Wednesday, May 18, 2005 5:08:00 AM  

  • I won’t express my opinion on the real issue because I do not care enough about it to get in to an argument. But as for your wonderful reporting, keep it up kid and enjoy the action.

    Whenever there is action around us frummers it always makes me smile that we have bought up a generation of police, ambulance and fireman chasers; be it boys or men and woman of any age. I guess with no TV around that’s the only action they will ever get.

    By Blogger LostSpirit, at Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:46:00 AM  

  • It's great to see the Chareidim and the Mizruchnikim united for a change!

    By Blogger Cosmic X, at Wednesday, May 18, 2005 12:37:00 PM  

  • Ying,

    I admire the untramelled enthusiasm of youth. I know the adrenaline rush of being chased and running away from the cops. I've seen first hand police brutality in Israel.

    Just please be careful. If things get violent, get out of there.


    By Blogger The Rabbi's Kid, at Wednesday, May 18, 2005 1:44:00 PM  

  • There have been so many incidents of this "Police state" thing in the States, but in Israel??? It's sickening... "

    Chayele, you obviously have no idea what a hafgana is like.
    I was involved in one 4 years ago.
    I had my wig shleped off by a police-lady.

    But seriously, Yingele,
    You believe sticks and stones will deter Sharon?

    By Blogger Hoezentragerin, at Wednesday, May 18, 2005 2:48:00 PM  

  • mmm u dont seem to be learning much. Enjoy it, man do I miss it

    By Blogger Joe, at Wednesday, May 18, 2005 6:30:00 PM  

  • HT,

    No, I guess I don't. Apparently, the hamodia keeps the reports of heimishe ladies getting their sheitlech ripped off to a bare minimum. I have never been involved in a hafgana, and I hope never to be, either. It's still sickening, though.

    By Blogger chayala, at Thursday, May 19, 2005 12:15:00 AM  

  • At least someone had some sense...

    By Blogger Behind A Door, at Thursday, May 19, 2005 11:03:00 AM  

  • Frummer - You made my day!

    Chayala - When was your last time in Israel?

    Lost - They chase the sirens lol. Buts isn't real-life live action better than TV?

    Cosmicx - Filthy charedi politics. $ is the only thing that counts. Disgusting.

    By Blogger yingele, at Thursday, May 19, 2005 1:27:00 PM  

  • TRK - Why do you think we where running? lol

    Hoezen - There's a limit to everything, even Sharon's stubbornness. I hope the limit will be reached.

    Joe - How could one learn if there's heavy action outside? lol

    Behind - Wait till the expulsion day comes closer. You'll be surprised how many of us are out there.

    By Blogger yingele, at Thursday, May 19, 2005 1:32:00 PM  

  • D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, May 19, 2005 4:48:00 PM  

  • You talk garbage, how can you call for a war, how can you call for violence is eretz yisroel a mitzvah of yehoreg v'al yavor - i think not.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, May 19, 2005 4:50:00 PM  

  • anonymous. first get your facts together then talk

    By Blogger anti_chusid, at Thursday, May 19, 2005 8:43:00 PM  

  • Exactly.

    Anon - Why don't you get up on your feet and put on your boxing gloves. Let's hear what you got to spit!

    By Blogger yingele, at Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:53:00 PM  

  • ;-)keep kicking tzadikle

    By Blogger Josh, at Friday, May 20, 2005 2:59:00 AM  

  • Yingele,

    Unfortunately, 10 years ago, almost, in iyar. I'm going on Monday, IY"H, can't wait!

    By Blogger chayala, at Friday, May 20, 2005 9:33:00 PM  

  • The absolute whole world is going to Israel this week, it is soo cool Its gonna feel just like in the summer, quite and empty. Betwwen going to Russia on Rosh Hashana (What a blast for the boys :) and going to Israel on Lag Boamer it is actulla fun to be frum

    By Blogger FoncusedYid, at Monday, May 23, 2005 12:13:00 AM  

  • whoa! that is unbelievable. I've always wondered, if I lived in Izzy, would I take action and yell 'yehudi lo migaresh.. ' in the streets or watch it on TV.
    I have much respect for you.

    By Blogger lost99, at Monday, May 23, 2005 4:06:00 AM  

  • Funk!usedyiddele - lol

    Lostninetynine -

    Trust me - you would be outside rioting your head off!
    Besides, most of Israeli TV is totally left. So they would (almost) only show you what they want you to see, like the one driver that angrily came out of his car and crually helped the police. What they won't show you are the hundreds of cars that where hunking, singing and joining with us... You know what I mean?

    By Blogger yingele, at Monday, May 23, 2005 12:40:00 PM  

  • Each spot was different. Apparently Jerusalem was the most intense.


    By Blogger Batya, at Tuesday, May 24, 2005 7:13:00 AM  

  • Yingele, You've been tagged to do 3 random acts of kindness. Check out my post in my blog. Everybody can use some brownie points up there...

    By Blogger Shevy, at Tuesday, May 24, 2005 4:41:00 PM  

  • Sorry, I meant 5 acts of kindness

    By Blogger Shevy, at Tuesday, May 24, 2005 5:54:00 PM  

  • Shevy - I'll try my best ;-)

    By Blogger yingele, at Tuesday, May 24, 2005 7:20:00 PM  

  • i don't understand why you wrote that you won. public opinion turned against you, and nothing will stop Sharon now. these demonstrations were a huge mistake.

    By Blogger menachem, at Thursday, May 26, 2005 9:46:00 AM  

  • Menachem - I guess that's where we disagree...

    By Blogger yingele, at Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:04:00 AM  

  • won what?
    The pull-out will still happen. Most of the Israeli public still thinks it is the right thing to do.
    The settlers are now seen as worse than before because their methods (calling israeli soldiers nazis!) are bad, wrong, stupid evil.

    These protests are fun for the participants. They cost the public money, time and stress.They achieve nothing for anyone.

    Please G-d the pullout will be speedy, bloodless and soon.

    The funniest thing is hearing you be happy over the union of chariedim and religious zionists. The settlers are super-pissed at the chareidim for voting with Sharon in favour of the disengagement.
    Even look at your previous post to see the gap between the ultra-orthodox and the religious zionists.

    the chareidim want money, the settlers want land. only if and when the two collide do they cooperate.

    Shame that the groups who claim to represent judaism just screw it up.

    By Blogger Ke'evei Beten, at Sunday, May 29, 2005 12:54:00 PM  

  • Beten -

    I respectfully disagree.

    re: Chareidim. That was exactly my point ;-)


    By Blogger yingele, at Sunday, May 29, 2005 1:32:00 PM  

  • I live in Israel. Never been stuck in a traffic jam due to a demonstration, but I am sure that this doesn't create sympathy for the cause.

    Police brutality is a problem all over the world, in Israel too. Are you against it in general, or only when it happens to you? I think that protesters who block traffic (no matter what the cause is) should be arrested with the minimal amount of force necessary, and no one should be assaulted unless they threaten violence themselves.

    By Anonymous p_almonius, at Saturday, June 04, 2005 9:44:00 PM  

  • Ploini Almonius -

    It hurts in general, but when it happens to you personally - your eyes open.

    By Blogger yingele, at Sunday, June 05, 2005 1:53:00 PM  

  • To menachem and Co. You all said that our riots and roadblocking messed it up for us? Well, dear, have you read the Maariv lately?

    Public supporters of the disengagement plan has reached its all-time low! 50% of the country. Maybe now you know why Sharon was scared of a Referendum.

    Chevre, the party has just begun!

    By Blogger yingele, at Tuesday, June 07, 2005 12:17:00 AM  

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