Goody Two Shoes and Y on Elections, Fear, and Hope for Change
Israelis and Palestinians have just emerged from a dramatic election that solidly demonstrated how polarized society is and how much fear sells. Israelis are choosing to keep themselves secure even at the cost of everything else. But we did see a glimmer of hope, a sign of things to come perhaps. The Arab parties united to become the third largest block in the Israeli parliament, a powerful statement by a segment of the population that is so often ignored. Second, the very reason many were disappointed was because of the massive discontent among Israelis at the way things have been going and widespread desire for change. Not widespread enough, perhaps, but still quite prevalent.
The quote above was not written about Israel and Palestine, but is very relevant to where we are, with Israelis living in the “bondage of fear,” while Palestinians live in the “fear of bondage” or oppression.
There can be confidence in a better day coming, in the dawn of emancipation that Paton speaks of. However, for those of us in Israel, the current status quo can only hedge us in, further and further, until we suffocate in our own fear, as we continue to build walls that physically hedge in and suffocate those we fear. This can only lead to both of our peoples living without freedom, simply because we cannot imagine anything else, because we have handed over our destiny to chance, letting the chips fall at will without being positive actors towards a more beautiful future.
Yet these elections have shown us small breaks in the links of the chains holding us back from peace, the chains of the “bondage of fear” and the “fear of bondage.” The unification of Arab parties into the United Arab List is historic and cannot be ignored. Now that they are the third largest block in the Knesset, Palestinian citizens of Israel can no longer be simply dismissed and have achieved a stronger voice. We can hope this stronger voice will be used to push for changes that will empower the Palestinians and give them the dignity they deserve.
Furthermore, the disappointment among many Israelis in the government’s actions and dismay at the increased incitement and hate inherent in the right wing creates a climate ripe for a strong opposition. We have the opportunity to show that there is an alternative to the fear mongering and racism that the right have offered, an alternative that can lead to a better future for our children.
So, may those of us discouraged by the direction the election results seem to point us in choose to see the glimmers of hope present: the historic victory of United Arab List, the growing discontent among Israelis at the status quo, and the great opportunity to work all the more vigorously towards a constructive opposition. These things are preludes to a future of freedom and peace that we both need so dearly, hopefully sooner rather than later.
My son introduced me to this song.
It is a bit melancholy. Sometimes Goody Two Shoes is melancholy, especially now after the elections.
Humour out and melancholy in ... Just for a short time.
This song was written for a different reason at a different time but somehow it speaks to me now for my life.
Still, whatever, it is a good song. Enjoy! My hope is 'Change is Gonna Come.’
If you have a hard time viewing the video below, click here.