Thursday, March 21, 2013

Greenpeace in action!

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Greenpeace strikes again!

 I first saw the climbers on Jerusalem's Bridge of Strings at 7:45 this morning.
I hear they started their surprise action already at dawn.

This is not the first time Greenpeace has used Calatrava's bridge to protest.

By 1:30 the hot sun was beating down on the five.
Greenpeace Israel on Facebook is now saying the activists were hanging up there for about TEN hours!

The view from across the street, near Binyanei HaUma, where President Obama would come at 5:00 to give his keynote speech to Israeli students.
The trams kept going over the bridge.
Some of the car drivers on the busy road tooted their encouragement to the protesters.

The police waited below, snapping photos.
Our media was not mentioning the event all day.
Only now, at 7:00 pm,  I hear on the radio that when the climbers finally came down four were arrested.
Whether you agree with the tactics and ideas of Greenpeace or not, you had to admire the strength, determination, idealism, and courage of these young people up in the air today.
(Linking to SkyWatch Friday.)


VP said...

Nice sky over J'lem...

Spiderdama said...

Great pictures and I would love to be up there, but not as an activist..:-)
No 2 is really good!!

Reader Wil said...

I am a member of Green Peace, but I suffer from fear of heights so I won't climb in something that high.. These people are very brave. BTW is this the bridge in Jerusalem, where we were waiting for the bus?

Merisi said...

Vow, breathtaking!

Glad to hear the climbers came down safely.

Happy Sky Watch,

vnv4 said...

I support Greenpeace and this is exciting to see your pictures. :) Have a nice day.

Dina J said...

At first I thought "Why were people protesting about America over there?" Didn't realize he was visiting. Cool shots though. I wouldn't climb that. The sign should also say "Everyone stop guzzling gas and driving big cars as well."

Steffi said...

Very beautiful photos for SWF!Thank you for it and have a nice weekend!

Mark said...

Great shots, they are brave people.

Laura said...

a lot of courage to be up so high for so long. Chag Sameach, almost:-)

crystal said...

Go Greenpeace! :) I support them - they seem very brave and committed. Great photos.

bettyl said...

They are truly dedicated, but I love that the media didn't mention them until it was over. The US should do that, too, when shootings happen.

Anonymous said...

These are excellent images indeed. Thank you for this adventure. Yes, certainly a challenge to climb that high.
May peace continue to rule their actions.

Cloudia said...

Agree with you. And so proud of the President's speech to the students AND their responses. There IS hope!

Shalom from Obama's birthplace :)

ALOHA from Honolulu
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Jidhu Jose said...

excellent shots

Suzanne said...

Really nice shots Dina!

Laloofah said...

Great photos! And good for them! I agree with the message and admire their commitment and courage (especially since I'm afraid of heights!). I hope President Obama saw it - and more importantly, heeds it. I also think Dina makes a great point and feel the same as Cloudia about the president and students' interaction. :-)

The Bridge of Strings looks like a beautiful structure, especially against those bright blue skies. I don't think I've ever seen nor heard of it before, so I must go look it up. I wonder if it plays music when the wind blows across it?

Liz said...

Cool captures. Happy sky watching.

My sky.

Kay said...

Wow! That really does take courage and conviction. These are fabulous photos, Dina!

LOLfromPasa said...

Your photographs are amazing. Wonderful to look at. Glad everyone was safe in this most effective way to get a message across.

Hilda said...

I do not always agree with Greenpeace, but I do admire their courage and advocacy.

Would have been something else if you got photos of Obama, Peres and Netanyahu, but I guess the helicopters they rode are good enough.

Dina said...

Hi Hilda. Unfortunately the streets were closed and the public was not allowed anywhere near when Obama drove by.

Gunn said...

A perfect day to be an activist!:)

Great blue sky!

Happy weekend!

Hels said...

Greenpeace is brilliant. Why would anyone NOT admire them, even if people think that change will not be achieved?

JM said...

Hats off to Greenpeace. Always!

Kay L. Davies said...

When I was young, I always wanted to join Greenpeace. I particularly wanted to chain myself to baby seals, LOL, but it never happened.
I agree with my friend Wil, I wouldn't climb up there for any reason, because I can't even climb ladders. But I'm glad Greenpeace exists, if only to remind the rest of us that sometimes we have to go to great lengths (and heights) for what we strongly believe.
Thanks for the photos, Dina. They really meant a lot to me today.