Daily Israel Report

World Largest Orange Ribbon Hung, Hunger Strike Launched

As protests continue and others are planned, young people arrested in past protests have launched a hunger strike in prison.
First Publish: 7/6/2005, 2:00 AM / Last Update: 7/4/2005, 6:52 PM

Twelve young girls arrested for blocking roads as part of a civil disobedience campaign against the government’s plan to forcibly expel Jews from their homes in Gaza and northern Samaria, have started a hunger strike. None of the girls have yet to be charged with committing a crime.

Prison officials say the girls have already missed four meals.

Saturday night demonstrations continue outside the Ma’asiyahu Prison to show solidarity with teenagers jailed for blocking traffic. Leading rabbis and entertainers continue to attend the gatherings.

Opponents of the Disengagement Plan are planning a "face-to-face" explanation campaign Wednesday evening in the central Gush Dan region, despite the fact that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has long ago nixed the idea of holding a national referendum. They are planning to speak with residents in their homes and hand out pamphlets and ribbons at intersections.

The world’s largest orange ribbon (99 feet tall) was hung from a building in Rishon LeZion, south of Tel Aviv, Monday afternoon. Orange is the color symbolizing opposition to the government plan to dismantle 25 Jewish communities and hand over the area to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (Yesha) said it will request that the Guinness World Book of Records include the orange ribbon as the longest in the world.

A day-long motorcade protest against the planned evacuation is also being planned in what may be the largest demonstration ever in Israel. Tens of thousands of drivers will head towards Gush Katif and if the police stop them, people will "leave their cars and start marching," according to Pinchas Wallerstein of the Yesha Council.

A date for the demonstration has not yet been announced, though the Bayit Leumi (National Home) civil disobedience movement has called for similar moves to be taken on D-day – which is whenever Gaza or northern Samaria are closed to non-residents.