How Good Intentions Fail Us

September 3, 2011

Why is the New Israel Fund leaving comments for a guy like me?


Daphni Leef with Noam Shalit threatens violence against the Israeli government.

August 28, 2011

What was this about these leftists not being violent? We all have empathy for Noam, and I’d probably not be invited to any of Daphni’s parties, but can the ladies please regain composure?

Leef added, in somewhat ominous tones, that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ignores this demand, “the protest will enter its next step – a show of civil force the likes of which has never been seen in Israel.”

Daphni… Cheesecake. Someone pinch her ass or something.

New Israel Fund filmmaker Daphne Leef

August 25, 2011
More than 350 people are now living in Tel Aviv's tented city after Daphni Leef invited fellow Israelis to join her protest on FacebookA Founder of a separate tent city protests group says media fascination with Daphni Leef, 26, and her friends has been detrimental to the cause. Nonetheless, 44-year-old Attorney Yaniv Moyal of Tel Aviv said that the social issues movement has suffered because of the emphasis placed upon 26-year-old Daphni Leef and her friends, after Leef started the protest with a call she put out on Facebook group she created on July 14th. He also said that he didn’t trust the decision-making process or motivations of Stav Shafir and Regev Kuntas two members of Leef’s inner circle, saying “I have no idea what their interests are but I think they’re just to bring down the government and if we do that, we’ll have elections again and woe unto us.”

How Israel is out-classing the world in civil disobedience (TechCrunch)

August 14, 2011

From TechCrunch:

In the four weeks since the social protests have begun in Israel, hundreds of have been killed, dozens of women have reportedly been raped, a number of children tortured, and countless districts have been looted. The authorities have imposed a complete lock-down on all cellular networks. All access to Facebook and Twitter has been blocked. Little information is going in, or out. Except the absolute, complete opposite.
The social protests in Israel began 4 weeks ago with a national outcry over the rising price of basics such as cottage cheese. They then snowballed into a full-blown national movement by way of a simple act by a then unknown young woman. The act? Striking a tent in Tel-Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard in protest of high apartment rental costs.
A single tent became the heart and soul of the movement whose main gripe is that the middle-class is bearing the brunt of an imbalanced budgetary spend. “The People Demand Social Justice” is the key chant.
The protests are local, scattered all across Israel, drawing hundreds to hundreds of thousands. Big name musicians volunteer to headline these protests. Barricades and PA systems, all donated. People talk about the movement at every cafe, over every lunch, at every business meeting, at every family dinner.
it’s been four weeks and zero acts of the barbaric, non-discriminatory violence we’ve seen across the middle east, and even in the UK. No shots fired. No stores looted. No form of communication has been shut down. In fact, not only have the Israeli police and army not taken any role other than safeguarding the protests themselves, they have even been applauded, literally, by hundreds of thousands for their efforts.
While in neighboring countries regimes are slaughtering the opposition, in Israel we have complete free speech to criticize our politicians and leaders. As I’m typing this, on the TV is Israel’s version of SNL doing a parody skit of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mishandling of the situation (they have him wearing a red t-shirt with Che Guevara on it).

(h/t Menachem)

they might not be violent, but the protesters intentions are not focused enough to be of any use. if rental prices (which was the major issue) is the problem (and not cottage cheese), then they should build homes. Those people should be protesting in places where there is room for growth, not a city where there is not room to build. If those protesters were real heroes they would be sending a message to Obama and not Bibi. I’m sure it is nice that they are not an angry mob, but they are a lot more effective at causing poor moves by acting like pacifists. So the Israeli protesters get applause for being effective at getting what they want. It doesn’t mean what they want is right or isn’t misguided.

Daphni Leef: How a woman in a tent became Israel’s top story

August 6, 2011

More than 350 people are now living in Tel Aviv's tented city after Daphni Leef invited fellow Israelis to join her protest on Facebookwhat did Leef do to bring her such national attention? She got chucked out of her flat. And then wrote on Facebook. Just over a month ago she was told that she needed to leave her Tel Aviv apartment because the building was slated for redevelopment. She started looking for a new home, and was shocked to find how expensive rents had become.
“I called up a friend and said, ‘I’m setting up a tent’,” she recalls. “He said I should calm down.” But she did not calm down – instead she opened a Facebook “event”, inviting people to erect tents in central Tel Aviv to protest against high housing prices.

More than 350 people are now living in Tel Aviv’s tented city after Daphni Leef invited fellow Israelis to join her protest on Facebook

It quickly gained momentum, and, a month later, there are 350 tents in Tel Aviv’s “tent city” where she lives, and more than 500 tents in spin-off demonstrations elsewhere in the country. The campaign is dominating the news. A poll by Haaretz suggests that some 87 per cent of Israelis are behind it. A fortnight ago 30,000 people marched in Tel Aviv in support. via

Who is she? Does she support a two state solution? Does she think Islam is a religion of “Piece”? The fact that the media won’t tell me frightens me. If Israelis want to build homes, I’m all for it… but there is plenty of concrete in Tel Aviv. Judea and Samaria is where natural growth should occur. What is her take on that? I’m not optimistic.