summer in the city

In the heat of the night….. Its a sort of nihilism; this pushing to the social extremes to find a sort of paradox in the divine secular spiritual center that is non-existent. A reflection of visual indifference to the protest movement. The demonstrator as a Marcel Duchamp ready-made with the purity of dissent as an esthetic phenomenon. Precious relics chanting slogans. To the poor guy torching himself it is like achieving spirituality by purification to the point of radical immanence; the martyr. A struggle to radicalize spirit by resisting and eventually nihilistically rebelling against his social world, his social environment, including the world of conventional protest, in the name of the self, albeit self-destructive…

(see link at end) …A social justice protester set himself ablaze Saturday night during a rally in Tel Aviv, blaming government officials for his troubles. He was taken to a city hospital in an intensive care ambulance with severe burns over most of his body. Two separate rallies were held in Tel Aviv to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the social justice protest movement, with marches held also in Jerusalem and Haifa….

—Kabbalah considers sin as a sort of “missing the target”. That is, we could have maintained a closer relationship with God, but chose to pull back and enjoy autonomy. The sin committed by Eve was linked to her desire to invade the forbidden, create a revolution and extract the sparks of holiness through repentance. She was punished, but the concept of punishment is different in Kabbalah. It’s more of a purification of consciousness, which is good, not punishment in the sense of someone getting their just deserts. —Read More: image:

Thousands of people participated in one of the rallies, which culminated in a large demonstration outside government offices on Kaplan Street. Protesters called for more social justice and better transportation, and held signs in support of the LGBT community and African migrants….

who cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear, burning their money in
wastebaskets and listening to the Terror through the wall,
who got busted in their pubic beards returning through Laredo with a belt
of marijuana for New York,
who ate fire in paint hotels or drank turpentine in Paradise Alley, death, or
purgatoried their torsos night after night
with dreams, with drugs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and
endless balls,
incomparable blind streets of shuddering cloud and lightning in the mind
leaping toward poles of Canada & Paterson, illuminating all the mo-
tionless world of Time between,…. ( Allen Ginsberg, Howl)

—A small Chiapas town ends its Holy Week observance by parading Jewish effigies through the streets, then setting them on fire
A newspaper in Mexico is detailing Sunday’s “burning of the Jews,” an annual tradition in Coita, a small town in the state of Chiapas. As part of the custom, locals spend the middle of their Holy Week making Jewish effigies — a reference to Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus before his crucifixion.
The fake Jews are then displayed for three days in different parts of the town, serving as an example of poor conduct.
They’re ultimately paraded through the streets on Easter Sunday, with local children assigned to stand in front of them and collect money for flammable materials.
…The article says the custom “strengthens” the culture of the Zoque, an indigenous people in southern Mexico who were converted to Catholicism.
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…Prior to lighting the match, the Haifa resident handed out copies of a letter in which he called top government leaders “villains” and said he received no rent subsidy although he could work after a recent stroke.

“I have no money for medicine or rent,” the letter read. “I served in the army and until the age of 46 I served in the reserves. I will not be homeless; that is why I am protesting against all the injustices done to me, and those like me, by the state.”

According to the letter, he now receives NIS 2,300 in monthly disability benefits from which he pays for kupat holim (HMO) and buy medication and other necessities. Israelis who receive disability status also are eligible to receive substantial discounts on their property taxes and public transportation, among other benefits.

In the letter he named Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz specifically for his economic problems. Read More:

—-Steven Plaut:First, if we put aside housing, everything about life in Israel
is better than life in the US. Israelis live better than Americans.
They have a better standard of living and a longer life expectancy.
They eat better. They have a better material existence. Israeli kids
and non-kids have every electronic gadget that Americans have and then
some. Israelis are about as likely to own a car as Americans,
although slightly less likely to own two or three. Public
transportation in Israel is a hundred times better than in the US.
The weather is a thousand times better. The health system in Israel,
with all its problems, is better for the consumer than is the health
system in the US, with all its problems, and you are at least as
likely to get highly skilled and competent medical care in Israel as
in the US. …
No less important, the average public school in Israel is better
than the average public school in the US. The good schools in Israel
are at least as good as the good schools in the US. Jewish education,
such as it is and it definitely needs some work, is essentially free
in Israel and costs a fortune in the US. Israeli universities, with
all their problems and ugly politicization,…are better than the average American university,
although not as good as the best American universities,
…. M

ver, Israeli university tuition is almost free, or
to be more precise – tuition is about $3000 per year. A month in the
dorms in the US can cost that much.
You are safer in Israel than in the US. That is not a joke or
exaggeration.—Read More: image:


(see link at end)…the brutality and inhumanity of the current Israeli government.

Silman ran a trucking-delivery service and had a number of vehicles and employees working for him. He got into arrears with the Israeli agency that provides social security and insurance benefits (Bituach L’umi). They claimed that he owed them $1,000. In order to collect, they put a lien on all of the property of his company, selling trucks for half their value ($7,000 instead of $15,000). They liquidated his entire company, whose value was far more than the $1,000 he owed. As a result, he could not meet contract obligations and his clients stopped paying and ordering, leading to the disintegration of his business.

Correspondence to him was sent by the government agency to the wrong address. He ended up totally penniless, eking out a living as a cab driver.

Finally, after getting no recourse from the social security agency, and being about to lose his borrowed flat (a friend gave him a year rent-free, which was about to run out) – he was entirely unable to find a place to live. He wrote about his predicament in this comment (Hebrew). Along the way he had a stroke and was designated 100% disabled and unable to work.
social justice protester’s suicide protest note

Moshe Sillman’s suicide note in which he blames Bibi Netanyahu, his finance minister and government officials who stole his business and left him destitute

Activists tried to help him, but failed. So he decided to self-immolate at the J14 demonstration. Throughout his protest, he has insisted in every communication that he did his military service, was a good solider, and that the state was not living up to its side of the bargain. Read More:

(see link at end)…”The social justice movement has succeeded in gaining the attention of the public, but some conflicts within the leadership of the movement occurred which is why we are here,” said Rahum Herzl, of Nahariya, who was one of the organizers. “Right now, for instance, there is a protest in Haifa organized by Hadash,” a Jewish-Arab socialist party.

Rahum accused Daphni Leef and other icons of the social protests of having a concealed political agenda.

“They are dependent on political parties and sponsors and we are not,” he said while directing the marchers down the promenade…

…”I am scared I am living in a state that is becoming more fascist,” said Anat Yatziv, a medical school student. “Last year we could be on the roads. In a democratic state how can you not give a permit for a demonstrations?”

Protests also take place in Haifa and Beersheba. Daphne Leef and other social protest activists demonstrated in Bnei Brak on Thursday night and called on the Haredi public to join the protest against the cost of living. “Haredim and secular people refuse to be enemies,” the social justice protesters chanted.Read More:

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