Photo Gallery: TA flash mob freezes for building freeze

Dozens of peace activists freeze in place in central Tel Aviv to show support for continuation of government's settlement building freeze.

September 24, 2010 18:22
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311_freeze flash mob. (photo credit: Ricky Ben-David)


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Dozens took part in a flash mob held in central Tel Aviv on Friday afternoon, pausing in place for three minutes to show their support of a continuation of the government's controversial settlement construction freeze.

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The event was organized by a number of activists and circulated widely on Facebook and Twitter in recent weeks. The message behind the flash mob, called “Freeze for the Settlement Freeze”, was that ending the freeze jeopardizes the peace process.

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One of the organizers, Eyal Raviv, said the flash mob was chosen because new media and internet social networking enable such actions to reach a very wide audience.

One of the organizers, Eyal Raviv, said the flash mob was chosen because new media and internet social networking enable such actions to reach a very wide audience.

“We chose this because it just works,” Raviv said, mentioning a previous flash mob video filmed in 2008 that has reached over 23 million views on Youtube.

Raviv, one of the founders of peace activist group “Mepeace”, said he believed such demonstrations are important because “people can influence the government, especially when we come together and use creativity and ingenuity.”

The ten-month settlement freeze was approved by the cabinet on September 26th of last year and is set to end next week. The Palestinian Authority and many others maintain that a resumption of building in the West Bank settlements could jeopardize the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians. Nevertheless, on Thursday a PA official in Ramallah indicated that renewed building would not necessarily mean an ends to talks between the two sides.

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