Monday, January 21, 2013

Egg toss at Bibi and Shelly

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A crowd was forming as I came out of  Shuk Mahane Yehuda market this afternoon.


Most of the onlookers were religious yeshiva boys.

 Some had long twirled side-curls and some had short tucked-behind-the-ear peot.
Nevertheless, I worked my way closer to the center to see what was going on.

 Two young seculars were wearing goggles and T shirts bearing pictures of two of the major candidates in tomorrow's national elections; the one above had Bibi (Netanyahu) in the crosshairs.

 This one, wearing Shelly (Yacimovich, Labor), was trying hard to explain that the people were invited to throw an egg at the candidate they disliked the most.
They had trays with 60 eggs ready on the pavement.


OK, the boy takes aim, the victim guards his betsim (eggs) . . .


 . . . and splat!  egg yellow on his chest, broken shell on his hand!


Strewn on a black cloth under the eggs were voting slips (yes, we still vote with a paper petek placed inside a paper envelope), and they were all of the Shas party (religious Sephardic Jews).
There was even a glossy picture of their head rabbi on the ground. Oi.

Then the Israeli crowd dynamic came into play.
A woman walking by yelled "Why do you make our sidewalk filthy with all those Shas papers?!  Disgusting!!"
Some young men in black shouted back "So you will have another reason to hate us."

Then an older man saw the egg-throwing in the crowded place (already spilling over onto the tram tracks) and said he was calling the police (as he took pictures with his cell phone).
Then the mood changed.
The previously-amused religious young men started chanting "Smolanim hachutsa, smolanim hachutsa" --meaning "Out with the left-wingers!"

The two in white packed up their eggs and got out of there.
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There has been plenty of mud-slinging in this election campaign, but I have never heard of egg-slinging, till today.
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For a nice piece about how the candidates always visit "Jerusalem's iconic fruit market" and how the sellers see them, read in The Times of Israel.
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13 comments:

Gary said...

Wow pretty tense!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Jeepers, who would have ever thought of that! You definitely gave us an interesting taste of your world. Fascinating -- I will watch the news to see what happens (about the election, not the eggs!)

Robert Geiss said...

Well, I would have asked them, whether they can't find a better usage of food.

Yes, many times out of the nowhere things appear and turn into developments. Wishing you a good result.

Over here people vote as well with papers, putting their favourite into an envelope.

Sara said...

An interesting experience!

Petrea Burchard said...

Too bad about the party poopers! It sounds like people were having a good time sorting out their politics. When politics get angry, we cease to be civil. We experience that here, too. I like the egg idea much better.

Robin said...

Yikes, on all counts. Definitely one of those "only in Israel" moments for sure.

Adullamite said...

What a waste of eggs!
Good luck with the election. Whoever wins I suspect will be a poor politician and do little for you.

Fun60 said...

What an insight into another world this week Dina. You always have such interesting news. Best of luck with the election.

Spiderdama said...

Oi! waste of eggs, not good
Interesting post and I follow what happen to day.
Happy day Dina;-)

Hilda said...

It's an election year for us too, but I don't think we've ever had any egg-slinging either. Thank goodness.

Reader Wil said...

How heated and violent. I would be in a difficult position, being a lefty.

JM said...

The second shot is great, Dina!

VP said...

I was in Jerusalem during the elections for the 13th Knesset, in 1992 and I saw (and photographed) many crazy things.