I received another interesting e-mail today, with a unique suggestion as to how to protest the brutality of the Israeli police. Here is the text:
After Amona, do you believe that the Israel Police Force is an upstanding role model for your children to emulate?A group of concerned parents feel that after witnessing the horrific police brutality in the Amona evacuation, it would not be educational to dress our children in the Police purim costumes that they have worn so proudly in past years.We will therefore be sending these unwanted police costumes to President Katzav, who is the ethical representative of the State of Israel, in a creative, civil and democratic protest about the misuse of the police force.If you wish to attach a photograph of your child wearing their uniform in previous years, feel free to do so with a letter explaining why this year they will not be wearing it. Please remember that President Katzav is amongst those calling for an investigation into the police actions - so write to him movingly but respectfully.
1) We are currently organizing drop-off points in various cities around Israel. If you wish to volunteer to be a drop-off point, please email us.
2) For those people who prefer to mail their uniform directly to the President's Residence (3 Hanassi Street, Jerusalem, 92188), please email us after you have mailed them, with your name and geographical location, so that we can keep note of the numbers of uniforms sent and hopefully draw media attention to the campaign.
3) If you are not interested in being pro-active, at least please consider whether you wish to dress your child in police uniform this year.For further information or to volunteer, please email me
As the mother of boys, I have one of these costumes upstairs in a closet. Bli neder, I will be sending it on.