On Monday 11 July 2011 the Knesset voted a law to ban protests in Israel of the Zionist state. The right wing Likud government led by 'Bibi' Netenyahu will now use this law to strip Israelis of their civil rights. Israel has come full circle: first it denied Palestinians in the occupied West Bank of their rights; now they are applying the same legal manoeuvres to their own citizens.
Israel claim it is the beacon of freedom, liberty, and democracy in the Middle East. It takes pride of place with its autocratic neighbours.
It was Assad or Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hamas in Gaza or Ahmedijinebad in Iran that forced the Knesset's hands. No, it was their own citizens, the peaceful protesters in the West Bank who are embracing Gandhi like passive resistance, and the peace flotillas who try to break the illegal Israel blockades, condemn the theft of Palestinian lands in the West Bank and Arab east Jerusalem, as well as the illegal settlements on Palestinian lands.
No, it's not rockets or guns or war that is making the Zionist state tremble and reach for repression to maintain power and the old ways of ruling, but ordinary citizens in Israel, Palestine, and around the world. In other words, it is people power that is rocking the pillars of the Zionist temple!
As such Israel is opting for repression. It may laugh at the chant heard round the world, 'the people united can never be defeated', but the people in Israel, the West Bank, in the refugee camps in Syria, in Gaza and elsewhere know that by this ban, the Zionist state is like the emperor naked.