Israel, Mirroring Tahrir

11 Aug

In Tel Aviv, organizers have been very careful to characterize their actions as a struggle for “social” rather than “political” justice. One of the main slogans of the protests, “The people demand social justice“, copies the meter and rhythm of the chants from Tahrir, but it is definitely not the same thing as “The People Demand the Fall of the System”, the everywhere battle cry of the Arab world this year.

The big tent strategy is not all that different from the strategy successfully pursued by the organisers of Tahrir Square (to go back further, it was also behind the success of Serbia‘s Otpor movement, one of the inspirations for the Arab Spring, which brought together the unprecedented political coalition necessary to topple Slobidan Milosevic in 2000).

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