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(photo credit: Ricky Ben-David)
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.
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.RELATED:
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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
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
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.