Because things on the ground are changing so quickly, we’re sending out materials that are not available in English, but that are key to understanding what is happening on the ground, more frequently than usual.
The protest march, which is on its way from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, will be in Shoresh on Friday afternoon, where people from all over the country will join them for Kabbalat Shabbat. Tomorrow, Shabbat, the march will culminate in a protest at the Knesset at 4:00 pm and then what promises to be a massive rally at Paris Square after Shabbat.
To help you get a sense of what’s happening, we’ve added subtitles to the video above which the protest movement sent out at about 2:30 pm Friday afternoon. As you watch, take note of these:
On Friday morning, the group set out on foot when it was still too early for Shacharit, the morning prayer service. How do you recite your prayers at the right time without falling behind on the march? Here’s how (1:12 in the video above):
What about police water canons? See below.
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And how do protesters respond when the police water cannon truck, instead of pounding them with water to get them off the highway, lets loose a fine spray to help cool them off? Here’s how (at 1:12) in the video above:
And as for this being “religious versus secular,” here’s the tent city one morning this week (at 1:40 in the video):
Here’s the plan: Shabbat afternoon, 4:00 pm protest at the Knesset (2:00 in the video):
Why? The line from Hatikvah that has become the slogan of the movement: Lihyot Am Chofshi Be-Artzeinu, “To be a free people in our land.” (2:02 in the video above)
On Monday, we’ll be posting a fascinating (and moving, and painful) discussion between two pilots, both of whom oppose the reforms, but who are deeply divided about the reservist pilots’ ending their military careers effective immediately. We’ll post a brief clip for everyone, and the full discussion, with English subtitles, for paid subscribers.
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