Who is voting for the Green Movement – Meimad (תנועה הירוקה-מימד)?
According to a poll by “Ma’agar Mokhot”: 7% of Israelis will vote for the Green Movement-Meimad if they are confident the party will pass the minimum threshold. This represents 8-9 seats in Knesset! So don’t hesitate. This will put Rabbi Michael Melchior, Eran Ben Yemini, Professor Alon Tal, Yonina Fallenberg, Iris Hahn, Dr. Hussein Tarabieh, Dr. Ariel Pikar and Yael Cohen-Paran (and maybe Leah Halperin) into the next Knesset.
In mock elections at high schools across Israel, students found hope and vision in the Green Movement-Meimad: 7.1% from Ort High School in Holon; 5% from West Jezreel Valley High School; 21% (!) from Tschernokovski High School in Netanya; 4.4% from Mevo’ot Iron High School; 6% in Ostrovski High School in Raanana.
In mock elections at universities across Israel, students found a platform they can believe in with the Green Movement-Meimad: 12% and 16% (in two surveys) at Hebrew University; 4.2% at Ben Gurion University (5 mandates); 3.4% at Tel Aviv University; 2 mandates at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzlia.
An increasing number of public figures (aside from our extensive list of academic endorsements [in Hebrew] here) are expressing their support for the Green Movement-Meimad, including:
Kobi Oz (singer, author, composer), who writes his endorsement here (in Hebrew). My loose translation: “I’m voting for the Green Movement-Meimad so there will be someone to protect this land and fight those who are destroying it. Ya’ala – I’ll give them my vote and then they’ll pass the minimum threshold and go right to the center of activity – exactly where they belong”
Ehud Banai (singer and composer) – “I vote for the kind of values the Green Movement-Meimad represents. It’s crucial that they are in the next Knesset.”
Riki Blich (actress and comedian) – “I know these people and I know they will represent public interests loyally and steadfastly in Knesset”
Natan Zach (Poet, Israel Prize Laureate) – according to this Friday’s Yediot Ahronot, disillusioned with all the political parties, but choosing between Green Movement-Meimad and an uninspiring Meretz.
Shai Avivi (Actor, Comedian, original member of HaChamisha HaKamrit) – “I know the people in the party – they are professionals, fighters (in the political sense), and serious.
Rino Tzror (Journalist) – “Only the Green Movement-Meimad is worthy of attention.”
Avri Gilad (Radio and TV host) – announced today on his popular radio program that he is voting Green Movement-Meimad.
Jackie Levy (Radio and TV host, and journalist) – “Vote for the Green Movement-Meimad as the only party that represents the connection between Judaism, society and ecology. This is not a trend, but the result of a crucial process within Israel society.”
Tzur Shizaf (Journalist, author and nature guide) – “If someone needs to keep [Avigdor] Leiberman in check, the Green Movement/Meimad will be there; If someone needs to stop the runaway privatization of everything in our country, the Green Movement/Meimad will be there; If someone has to battle in favor of education, the Green Movement/Meimad will be there.”
Shlomo Bar (Musician, composer) – “The Green Movement-Meimad gives me hope for a society without sectoralism, without people with no content, without politicians. We have enough generals who have complicated our lives here. We need statesmen like Rabbi Melchior and not more wily politicians.
Haaretz journalist Ari Shavit calls the Green Movement-Meimad “the party to watch” during the elections. His colleague at Haaretz, journalist Shachar Ilan writes – “Whoever votes for for the Green Movement-Meimad will be getting the best Knesset member for their vote. Rabbi Michael Melchior was one of the best parliamentarians in the outgoing Knesset.”
Jerusalem deputy mayor Naomi Tzur and Jerusalem city council member Rachel Azaria took out a quarter page ad in Friday’s newspaper encouraging Israelis to vote Green Movement-Meimad.
On line bloggers are enthusiastically endorsing the Green Movement-Meimad. According to a poll of influencial Hebrew blogs, 37% endorsed the Green Movement-Meimad. Similarly, an increasing number of English language blogs in Israel and among Jews abroad are endorsing the party:
Haim Watzman at Southjerusalem.com.
Yannai Kranzler at the Jewish Climate Initiative.
Anna at Daily Dose of Anna.
Rebecca at The Big Felafel.
Professor Gil Troy at Jerusalem Post Blogs.
Josh Weinberg at the Houmous Fool.
RickyB at The Church of Here and Now (Salon.com blogs)
Benji Lovitt at What War Zone?
And don’t forget the more than 30 party supporters who sent in their reasons for supporting the Green Movement-Meimad (see previous post below). And see the reputable Green Prophet blog for their comprehensive review of all of the parties’ environmental platforms here. And finally, for Hebrew readers, read an interview with Green Movement-Meimad candidate Samuel Chayen in last Friday’s Makor Rishon here (downloads a PDF of the interview).
This Tuesday vote for education, environment, social democracy. Vote ‘for’ rather than ‘against’. Vote for what Israel could be!