Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Politics, posters, and political parties

Americans are at the polls today. A week from today Jerusalemites will be voting too, for a new mayor.
Arcadi Gaydamak is a Russian tycoon, a billionaire. Hebrew is not his strong point. His campaign slogan is "Lo medaber, oseh," meaning, he doesn't talk, he acts.
This poster says "Hatikva--the hope. Nir Barkat, mayor." I've heard that he plans to make Jerusalem a slick, high-tech city.
Barkat and Gaydamak are secular Jews running against ultra-Orthodox Meir Porush.

No offense, Mr. Porush. Really!
I simply didn't get a picture of his poster on the side of the moving bus. Actually I felt bad, standing and watching the buses on Herzl Blvd. run over his picture, which, as Jerusalemite Blog quipped, looks like a South Park-style Santa Claus.
The problem is that when election campaign pictures are illegally pasted on not-paid-for advertising spaces, the municipal supervisors come and tear them down, often leaving a mess.
But even worse is when the papers or the rolls of plastic banners are tied onto the fences with these azikonim (disposable handcuffs). They are made of tough ribbed plastic and are super hard to cut. I have a bad feeling that they will be left on the city's fences for a long time.
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16 comments:

Shimmy Mom said...

I hope that your voting goes smoothly (and with less mud slinging than ours).
*hugs*

Aileni said...

Elections are in the air...
Denise Nesbitt, our ABC hostess, can't get round eveyone therefore on her belf allow me to thank you for participating.

leslie said...

Good luck with your mayoral election. And God help the entire world what with what's going on everywhere with the economy and wars!

Petrus said...

That's a very interesting post - I've not heard about the Jerusalem election in the UK media ..

Christine said...

again Dina I love to see your world! I am fascinated and amazed at the beauty! Thank you so much for shring !

photowannabe said...

So its world wide politics. it seems the same themes run everywhere.
The picture of the "handcuffs" on the fence really make an interesting statement.

Bear Naked said...

What would the world do if we didn't have POLITICIANS?
It would cetainly be a much neater PLACE.

Bear((( )))

mannanan said...

Again another very informative post. Each time I visit I learn a little more about your country and faith. Thank you.

Island Rambles Blog said...

So many elections going on now, your elections and the American election...we have some coming up also...nice to see posts from all around the world. cheers.

USelaine said...

Well, you've made the plastic cuffs look sort of, uh, like art! Yeah, that's it. Art!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

i know those dispoasble handcuffs - we use them to tie things up securely. i can't believe anyone would just leave them on a wall...

Webradio said...

Bonne information encore aujourd'hui Dina...

Tracey said...

I am so glad our campaigning is over. And thanks for the heart felt sentiments about our President-elect. I did not vote for him, but I am ready to throw my full support behind our soon to be president!

Granny Smith said...

Good luck with your election. I am feeling extremely lucky today with the outcome of ours.

Suzanne said...

How can Jerusalem have a mayor who is not so up on his Hebrew? OY!

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

A Russian strong man, a techy and an orthodox candidate who doesn't have the sense to hire a good graphic artist. I'm of the understanding that Jerusalem is very strict on building codes (Jerusalem stone work) so that nothing appears out of whack. You didn't mention who you were leaning towards.