Communists Confess They Were Behind Israel’s Social Justice Protests

The 2011 “social justice” protests in Israel over the price of apartments in overcrowded Tel Aviv and various other commodities captured global attention in a slow news cycle. Supposedly begun as a grass roots movement, the protest organizers had ties to established left-wing groups.

And now Hadash, one of Israel’s Jewish-Arab Communist backed parties, is taking credit for the protests.

The social-protest movement was the secret strategic project of Hadash (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality). What was previously denied is denied no longer: Khenin’s comrades were behind the almost-revolution that shook the country: They were the thinkers and organizers and responsible adults behind Daphni Leef and Stav Shafir and the tens of thousands they ostensibly led.

But because communists are serious people, they never cashed in, never spilled the beans to the media and never reaped political capital from the subversive mass movement they spearheaded.

Serious is code for professional. The people who actually plan things and then put up some front groups to take credit for it.

But Israeli Communists are as incapable of keeping their mouths shut, as the rest of the political establishment, and so they waited a whole year or so before spilling the beans to Haaretz, the media organ of the defunct left.

Dov (Khenin) and Sharon (Shahaf) and Alon (Green) tell me about how they did what they did so that the people, whom the government is against, would rise up against it.

Many years ago, Khenin and I belonged to an ephemeral student movement that fought for a just society. We were right. We saw the faults of sweeping privatization and the dangers of a polarized class society in which 1 percent gets rich and 99 percent are trampled.

There are no further details beyond that, but the overlap in timing between the Tel Aviv protests and Occupy Wall Street suggest that there was a larger program that had been worked out by the left, covertly, and put into motion in different countries. Some of that program was carried through, much of it was not.

Khenin and Haaretz suggest that everything was controlled behind the scenes. That much we know is true. Does Hadash really get all the credit or is it just trying to grab credit to escape its ongoing irrelevance? There’s no way to know.

  • Mary Sue

    Of course they were!

    Wonder what took them so long to admit it? But in other news, water is wet, the sky is blue, and dog bites man.

  • Lady_Dr

    "They were the thinkers and organizers and responsible adults behind Daphni Leef and Stav Shafir and the tens of thousands they ostensibly led." Yeah, right – responsible adults – hardly.

    Fortunately most Israelis were too busy working to waste their time on this foolishness.

    Recently I heard that someone asked a Russian Israeli why there weren't any (or many) 'Russians' involved. The answer "they were too busy working." Israelis love capitalism.

  • AdinaK

    The "social justice" movement of course involved the communist aligned party in Israel, as well as US left Dem players too –

    This blogger has actual evidence supporting the above contents. Solid as a rock.

    Adina Kutnick, Israel –

  • rivkahf

    I think Hadash /Communists give themselves too much credit. The "protesters" were supported by all sorts of leftist NGOs which also provided them with the gray canvas tents where they slept at night, making noise and blocking the streets. All were so new and clean (as if they were ordered from an L.L.Bean catalogue that it is clear that they got their financing from groups like the New Israel Fund. The real poor were not involved and the few of them who protested were conspicuous by their tents which were make-shift structures of blankets and wooden planks. Some of the brains behind the "Protest" were Communist — others were from Leftists like Stan Greenberg-types and most protesters were "useful idiots." It was all done to overthrow Netanyahu. I hope they do not manage to do so today in our elections.

    • Larry

      The are the communists who are out of the closet, and the communists who are in the closet, but they are all the same thing, just some are more honest about it than others.

      However, they all lie when you put the right questions to them.

  • Ar'nun

    Van Jones goes international…

    That's just great.