Monday, November 12, 2012

Pageant of the Bizarre

Police ban Israeli activists from West Bank demonstrations

"Good morning, just to remind you, you're extra forbidden from entering these four villages between the hours of 8am and 7pm on Fridays, and you know, outside those hours you're just forbidden the normal amount...because those people are dangerous to you, and we're only thinking of your safety..."

I remember a similar story from this spring, where (probably the same) activists were summoned into Israeli police stations and asked about plans to re-create last summer's J14 demonstrations. I went to one of the meetings where people were planning to make this summer's movement more social justice-oriented (rather than have it just be about housing). The idea of certain activists being singled out, as if their activities were actually a threat to the state....ok, it's all been done before. Maybe it's living the life I've lived, studying absurdities from the past, paranoid regimes that doomed themselves into oblivion....

Walla, absurd.

Stories like this remind me of a certain Zero 7 song...