'Milky Protest' leader in Berlin moving back to Israel

The former IDF intelligence officer created the "Olim L'Berlin" Facebook page to encourage Israelis to emigrate to Berlin to protest the high cost of living.

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October 26, 2014 11:18
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Naor Narkis, the leader of the “Milky Protests” encouraging Israelis to ‘make aliya’ to Berlin, plans to return to Israel in the coming month.

The former IDF intelligence officer, 25, had sparked an online protest over the cost of living in Israel, citing the high price of chocolate pudding in Israel compared to in Germany, via an anonymous post on the Olim L’Berlin Facebook page he managed. Now he has posted that the page is less effective since his identity has become public.

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“This page proves that if you want to change something enough, it is enough to have a pair of open eyes and say out loud what you really think,” Narkis wrote. “Our biggest enemy is apathy toward the reality and those who accept it as ‘That’s the way it is.’” Narkis wrote that he needed peace and quiet and that he did not open the Facebook page to become famous.

However, he added, “this is not just about me. This is about our country. The way I see it, there are two options for those who care about Israel: To go abroad or to try to change it.”

Then he wrote that he will move to Israel in the next month.

“I don’t want to make promises or say I will bring a change. I mainly want to rest, but I have confidence that we, as a society, can do it,” Narkis wrote.

“I have full faith that Israelis have all the energy and power needed so that Israel will be a better place for people,” he concluded.

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The “Milky Protest” began earlier this month when Narkis posted a photo of the German equivalent of the popular Milky chocolate pudding, showing that it costs a shekel, while in Israel it was four or five times as expensive.

Narkis then tried to organize a mass protest and informational event on emigrating in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, but only a few dozen people showed up.

Meanwhile, Central Bureau of Statistics data show that fewer Israelis are leaving the country for the long-term than ever before.

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