Watching the events that are currently unfolding in Israel and Palestine, we are witnessing a chain of events that we have already seen many times in our short lives. The conflict over the land between the river and the sea is in made up of a lot of different stories and tragedies, yet the same things and the same themes keep repeating themselves, in a endless cycle of violence with only slight “new variations to the same old shit”, as an Israeli friend of mine put it the other day.
1st of May, 2012: Communist militants march in Tel Aviv to mark the day of workers. In a country originally founded by socialists such as Israel, May Day is still an important celebration, with large demonstrations that see Jews and Palestinians march together in the name of workers’ solidarity.
School students, parents and teachers gather in front of Venezia’s central train station to call for the immediate re-opening of schools, which have recently been once again closed across most of Italy in a misguided response to an alarming rise in newly detected cases of Coronavirus.
(VERSIONE ITALIANA) More than three months after the closure of schools because of the Coronavirus pandemic, teachers, parents and students gathered in a square of Bologna for a demonstration called by a nationwide network called “Priorità alla Scuola” (Make School a Priority) in more than 60 Italian towns, to demand that the government take this issue seriously and invest the resources required to reopen them.
4th of May, 2019: Protest against the former ILVA steel factory in Taranto. The protest was organized by a group of young activists from the city, many of whom are living or studying somewhere else, together with a wide coalition of environmentalist and territorial groups from all across Italy.