July 24, 2023 was the day many believe marked the fall of democracy in the State of Israel.
As I looked out towards the Knesset from my balcony in the city center of Jerusalem, I heard my city in an uproar. This time was different than the heated protests happening for over 30 consecutive Sabbaths throughout the country; this sounded like a wounded soldier’s last-ditch effort, an Israeli “Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night.”
Major highways were blocked with flag-carrying protestors, chants of “De-mo-cra-tiah!” (democracy) on megaphones, between honking, sirens, drums, whistling, and yelling – not a soul could ignore or drown out the outcry of thousands upon thousands of angry citizens who had sacrificed their weekends to wage war for the sake of their home, their families and their freedom.
From afar, the protestors looked like a sea of white foaming waves; the Israeli flag waved in unison in the Jerusalem evening breeze as they slowly and unapologetically made their way to the city center, drones...
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