Protester with North Korean flag: My government isn’t my government

Naomi Lanzkron is a news editor at The Times of Israel

A protester with a North Korean flag demonstrates against the government in Tel Aviv, July 24, 2023. (Naomi Lanzkron)
A protester with a North Korean flag demonstrates against the government in Tel Aviv, July 24, 2023. (Naomi Lanzkron)

Dean, 29 from Tel Aviv, stands on Kaplan Street waving a giant North Korean flag.

“I am worried, concerned, and worried for the future and the children I don’t yet have,” he says.

“I wasn’t at the early protests. I started when they fired Gallant. Until then, I was worried but I figured they had won and had the majority,” he says. “But then the penny dropped that the state wasn’t going in a good direction. And I started to feel that my government wasn’t my government. It wasn’t acting for the entire people but only for those who voted for them. And I said I would join the demonstrations.”

“And when I saw the handmaiden [protesters for women’s rights], I realized it sent a strong message and I wanted to see how I could also send a strong message, so I asked my sister if she could get me a North Korean flag on AliExpress.”

“We are not there yet,” he adds. “What happened today is the start. Tomorrow, I will wake up and still go to work, but the government is sending lots of messages to delegitimize the protests and what we stand for.”

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