Painting the city: disengagement protesters (archive photo)
Photo: Tsafrir Abayov
TEL AVIV - Some 450 members of the Orange Cell anti-disengagement group, set out on an overnight mission to get their message out in Israel’s secular heartland.
Activists placed flyers and orange ribbons on more than 40,000 cars.
The activists, mostly students, gathered in the middle of the night at Rabin Square and began their mission, code named “Orange Tel Aviv”.
King has no clothes
The flyers said the country is suffering from a dangerous lack of information about the withdrawal.
“There is simply a lack of information about a program so critical (to Israel’s future). We all know how the program will be carried out, but no one knows why.”
“We have come out to say clearly, 'the king has no clothes.' "
Night maneuver didn’t interfere
Orange Cell leaders said they didn’t expect any negative fallout from the night maneuver because it didn’t interfere with daily life.
“We haven’t punctured any tires, didn’t break any windows, nothing. All we did was pass out flyers. Anyone who doesn’t want one can throw it out,” said Orange Cell deputy director Liron Zaidin.
Group leaders said their purpose was to shake people out of their apathy, and said the country’s “disengagement” from Zionist and Jewish values was more threatening to the country than the physical disengagement from Gaza and the northern West Bank.
“You can either support (Jewish) values and Zionism or not, but don’t be apathetic,” said Zaidin.
Sunday, students plan to man a Dialogue Tent in Tel Aviv’s Nachalat Binyamin quarter, including procession of a “king” wearing only underwear followed by a group of blindfolded marchers.