Zulat Executive Director Einat Ovadia participated in a panel on activism entitled “This Is How It’s Done Properly” at the Emergency Conference on Democracy held on 24 February 2023 by the newspaper Haaretz, in collaboration with New Israel Fund and Zulat. The following are highlights of Ovadia’s remarks:
It’s not like there is a side that wants to talk: What we have is a side that wants to destroy, faced by a side that unfortunately is at a disadvantage. However, we are witnessing a protest the likes of which we have never seen before, of groups organizing spontaneously as they realize the unprecedented danger we are facing. Zulat has organized a group of 100 former Knesset members from all factions of the House who responded to our ‘reserves call-up’ to act together. These former MKs drafted a petition, which has already been signed by over 315,000 people. It’s been successful because even though the coalition has a majority in the Knesset, it has no majority in the public. This petition gives a voice to all who are being silenced by this government, which boasts of more indictments than of women.
One of the biggest challenges sought by this government is to replace democratic supremeacy with Jewish supremacy. This is a long-standing plan of the messianic Right that has taken us all hostage, in particular the Prime Minister, who realized that it could be his ticket out of jail. De facto annexation is now being promoted under the radar. The opposition chairman’s failure to invite representatives of the Arab public to join precludes the broad protest we are seeking to produce. Unfortunately, there are some in the opposition who are trying to out-Right the government. The role of the opposition is to foment a broad protest, where there is room to demonstrate with any flag we want that connects Jewish and Arab citizens.
Watch (Hebrew, no subtitles):