Little kids and big slogans: the protest is a family affair
Parents have set up a protest summer camp in the Sharon region, and it looks a little like an amusement park decorated with the theme of social justice.
Parents have set up a protest summer camp in the Sharon region, and it looks a little like an amusement park decorated with the theme of social justice. In the grassy areas surrounding the Kfar Sava Municipality, in addition to the dozens of tents dozens of activity stations have sprung up to keep the parents and the 3-year-old protesters busy.
"What are you doing here, cuties?" says Datia Ben-Dor to a group of young activists.
"To hear you tell us a story," says one of the children.
Ben-Dor pushes, "Why are your parents here?"
The child says: "To be with me."
A curly-haired girl saves the moment by putting the protest back on the agenda. She says the parents are there to "make a demonstration."
Ben-Dor is satisfied and tells her young audience, "When I was your age, this was not very fashionable. They did not take children to demonstrations. Do you know who the demonstration is for?" she asks the children.
"For us!" answers a chorus of young voices.
The children bang drums to the tune of "In the Land of Lilliput There is a Huge Noise Being Made." Except the words are changed in keeping with the theme: "In the Land of Children There is a Huge Noise Being Made, the Parents are Broke and Coming Out to Fight."
In another corner the children paint shirts that say "Social Justice" and "Revolution Generation."
Under a tree, two story tellers are explaining in simple words the essence of the protest: "Social Justice is when the powerful also need to defend the weak."
Author Zeruya Shalev, who grew up in Beit Berl, reads one of her books, "A Mother's Child."
One mother, Shir Hadad, 20, from Ra'anana, says her 4-year-old Liri knows "all the slogans, which she sings in the shower."
, "At home, at work, everywhere," they are busy making posters, says Hadad, who has another daughter. She tells her daughter: "We want to see the cost of kindergarten go down."
Another mom tries to teach her son the anthem, "The People Want Social Justice." He's having pronouncing all the letters.
Yellow, the color of the protest, is everywhere - on shirts, hats, balloons and stickers.
"The children have been involved here from the start. They came to the marches, they are an appropriate part of this struggle," says Michal Baram, 34, from Ra'anana, mother of three. "When a child asks what is social justice, the idea is for this generation to be socially active and realize what they want for themselves."
She mentions the classic children's song "Uga, Uga" (cake, cake ). When it's sung, that's the moment to explain that the cake needs to be divided up right, she says.