I am usually against armchair activism in all its forms, as I believe Israeli citizens should protest on the streets just like their French and Italian peers. With regards to the kidnapped Israeli soldiers, I have seen banners, online petitions and Facebook groups – each one trying to convince me that the boys will be brought home just as soon as one million members sign up.
I feel different about this coming protest and that is why I am posting about it:
On Thursday, January 24, 2008, people who care enough to leave their houses are encouraged to participate in a grassroots activity that hopefully will grab some media coverage. Students from Emek Yizrael Academic College are asking people from all around the world to drive to their local airport and stand for a while in the arrivals hall, holding a blank A4 paper – with no name on it, as a symbol for the agonizing wait for the soldiers’ arrival. Protestors are encouraged to document themselves in photos and video, to be posted on the (now-defunct) project’s website www.missingthem.net
This act of performance art is intended to raise awareness within the regular meeters and greeters holding name signs of people arriving shortly, and by word of mouth raise awareness among people that will be told of the act later that day by the original bystanders. While the electronic media might cover this event, I am pretty certain the honest effort and true emotions will be filtered by the cold flickering TV screen.
Come if you can! Come if you care!