Israel's 'Chienlit' Revolution

The fact that today Israel is wealthy enough to undergo a social revolution similar to the one in 1960s France is a good thing. But like the French protesters, the organizers of Israel's revolution are interested only in ousting the PM – a strategy that is doomed to fail just like it did in France.

August 5, 2011 17:13
3 minute read.
Protesters sit outside tents in Tel Aviv

Protesters sit outside tents in Tel Aviv 521 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)


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As French students and intellectuals were playing Robespierre and Mao on the streets of Paris in the spring of 1968, then-French president Charles de Gaulle had formulated another linguistically creative maxim: La réforme oui, la chienlit non. Journalists and commentators were forced to look up “chienlit" in the dictionary. "Chienlit" was used in old French and it means “carnival mask.” What could the General possibly mean? It was a pun of course: divide the word as follows, “chie-en-lit”, and what you get is “shit-in-bed.”  



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