Sunday, March 21, 2010

Calling for a 3rd Intifada?

There is a lot of talk in the media about the possibility of another intifada, sparked by recent events in Jerusalem. On a trip to the Galilee with a stop in Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel and with a clear Muslim majority, I saw handwritten signs which appeared to attempt to incite the local population. The posters were plastered on several official notice boards of the municipality, but obviously without the necessary permits.

The top poster reads, "al-Quds [Jerusalem] is calling us... and Nazareth... is answering the call." The bottom left poster: "Al-Quds is calling us, alas who is answering?" The last poster states, "Raise your hands [illegible] al-Quds". The signs are topped off with a red hammer and sickle. The makers of the posters may have been hesitant in identifying themselves for a number of reasons, including to avoid paying the fee for posting on the boards. Perhaps there is a link to Abnaa el Balad.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I'm not sure why a secular/communist group (the hammer & sickle symbol) would be so nostalgic for Jerusalem. Or are they trying to compete with religious calls for Al-Quds? Interesting in any case.