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Fury Erupts

Tired of talk, riotous crowds shake Europe.

At the start of 2009, fury is erupting. Today, something is qualitatively different about the mood on the street. For the first time in forty years, the anger of people is palpable. The general sense of discontent that was expressed in the Greek riots is spreading. And a storm is now shaking cities across Europe as protesters galvanized by the Gaza massacre smash windows, overturn cars and confront riot police. Given the passion for resistance already displayed, it appears likely that 2009 will become a year of fury.

Global protests against the invasion of Gaza raged furiously during this, the second week, of the Israeli war. Over 100,000 people marched in France, 70,000 in Brussels, 100,000 in Madrid, 100,000 in London and protests continue to appear in cities across Europe including Athens, Berlin, Budapest, Oslo, Sarajevo and Stockholm. However, unlike the antiwar protests of the past, what is remarkable now is the widespread militancy of protesters. In each city, riot police were called in and violent clashes ensued. London protesters smashed the windows of Starbucks, in Brussels they vandalized car windows and in Yemen police opened fire on protesters, wounding five. For a complete summary of the global protests, visit The Raw Story or The Daily Mail.

Rage is one factor that marks the mood of 2009 as different. And another is the militancy of average people. Like in Greece, where the majority supported the anarchist riots, today's militant protesters are also joined, and supported by, mainstream opposition. In the UK, for example, the former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, declared: "The British government and European Union have the economic leverage to stop this carnage. They must take decisive action to force Israel to end the slaughter." And in Spain, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told protesters, "It is my duty to call on Israel to implement an immediate cease-fire."

At this moment it seems clear that the mood on the street is one of riotous fury. Only time can tell whether the passion will be sustained long enough to usher in systemic change.

Do you think your friends and neighbors are furious? What do you think is behind the passion sweeping the globe?

Micah M. White is a Contributing Editor at Adbusters Magazine and an independent activist. Micah is currently writing a book of philosophical meanderings into the future of activism. He lives in Binghamton, NY with his wife and two cats. www.micahmwhite.com

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Anonymous

"MORE than 100 Australian Jews, including two award-winning novelists and a former federal cabinet minister, have signed a statement condemning Israel's siege of Gaza." Australian Jews protest against Israel's action "The Zionist ideology is antithetical to the Torah. Zionism was deviously designed to replace the Torah and its holy, God-given commandments with nationalistic, power-driven ideals that are devoid of holiness, godliness, or spirituality." Jews Against Zionism

Anonymous

"MORE than 100 Australian Jews, including two award-winning novelists and a former federal cabinet minister, have signed a statement condemning Israel's siege of Gaza." Australian Jews protest against Israel's action "The Zionist ideology is antithetical to the Torah. Zionism was deviously designed to replace the Torah and its holy, God-given commandments with nationalistic, power-driven ideals that are devoid of holiness, godliness, or spirituality." Jews Against Zionism

American

True. It's well known that the architects of Zionism; the architects of Israel were atheists. They could care less about Judaism. They cared about power and schemed to get it and hold on to it by deceiving their own people. Even Zionists today really don't care about religion. The red-neck Jewish settlers maybe an exception but most Zionists or Zionist Sympathizers in the west only really care about the privilege and immunity from criticism that being Jewish affords them. But do they go to Temple? Hell no. Do they even know anything about the religion they profess to be a member of - the one that supposedly defines them? Absolutely not. They just want to hold onto their elite membership card that gets them media (see "Propaganda") jobs and powerful positions in financial institutions. Jews aren't a minority - they're an elite. There's a difference. And once and for all: Jews are NOT a race. Not a shred of evidence. Propaganda yes. Evidence? No. Criticism of a corrupt institution is always warranted. Such is the case with the Jewish Establishment.

American

True. It's well known that the architects of Zionism; the architects of Israel were atheists. They could care less about Judaism. They cared about power and schemed to get it and hold on to it by deceiving their own people. Even Zionists today really don't care about religion. The red-neck Jewish settlers maybe an exception but most Zionists or Zionist Sympathizers in the west only really care about the privilege and immunity from criticism that being Jewish affords them. But do they go to Temple? Hell no. Do they even know anything about the religion they profess to be a member of - the one that supposedly defines them? Absolutely not. They just want to hold onto their elite membership card that gets them media (see "Propaganda") jobs and powerful positions in financial institutions. Jews aren't a minority - they're an elite. There's a difference. And once and for all: Jews are NOT a race. Not a shred of evidence. Propaganda yes. Evidence? No. Criticism of a corrupt institution is always warranted. Such is the case with the Jewish Establishment.

Zoe

With the financial collapse, more and more people are realizing that our government has been tricking us and doing what was best for a small class of people. All of this generation's good old boy presidents have been pretending to be pro middle class, making it seem cool and leading Americans to blind themselves and live beyond their means on credit; believing they are part of the American dream middle class. At the same time more and more of them joined the lower class as the income gap widened. People are facing reality now and they're pissed. At the same time, people who have been happily ignoring Israel's oppression (to put it lightly) of the Palestinians are being forced to confront the issue. But this rage is probably necessary before anything can change. I think we should be confronting what our governments do in our names. I think it's time to remind everyone who supports Israel's government exactly what kind of atrocities Israel is perpetrating in their names. This tactic creates a lot of rage, any idea how to get people to direct that rage at the Israeli government instead of the person reminding them what Israel is doing??? I like the first post, I've always felt that way about Zionism, but I've never known how to express it without sounding mean so I tend to avoid it.

Zoe

With the financial collapse, more and more people are realizing that our government has been tricking us and doing what was best for a small class of people. All of this generation's good old boy presidents have been pretending to be pro middle class, making it seem cool and leading Americans to blind themselves and live beyond their means on credit; believing they are part of the American dream middle class. At the same time more and more of them joined the lower class as the income gap widened. People are facing reality now and they're pissed. At the same time, people who have been happily ignoring Israel's oppression (to put it lightly) of the Palestinians are being forced to confront the issue. But this rage is probably necessary before anything can change. I think we should be confronting what our governments do in our names. I think it's time to remind everyone who supports Israel's government exactly what kind of atrocities Israel is perpetrating in their names. This tactic creates a lot of rage, any idea how to get people to direct that rage at the Israeli government instead of the person reminding them what Israel is doing??? I like the first post, I've always felt that way about Zionism, but I've never known how to express it without sounding mean so I tend to avoid it.

Christos

In my hometown Athens in Greece there is quite a lot going on not only in the streets but what is important are the actions off the streets, like public assemblies and discussions for taking the riots one step ahead in terms of providing clear demands and actions.

Christos

In my hometown Athens in Greece there is quite a lot going on not only in the streets but what is important are the actions off the streets, like public assemblies and discussions for taking the riots one step ahead in terms of providing clear demands and actions.

Martino

It is hard to take you seriously when you suggest to readers to look at reports in the Daily Mail, well known for its anti-EU, anti-immigration, pro-Iraq and often racist slant. Like many of the more liberal minded residents of these islands, I could never bring myself to read the Mail.

Martino

It is hard to take you seriously when you suggest to readers to look at reports in the Daily Mail, well known for its anti-EU, anti-immigration, pro-Iraq and often racist slant. Like many of the more liberal minded residents of these islands, I could never bring myself to read the Mail.

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