© Reuters. In Israel’s weekly protests against Netanyahu, pink is the new black
By Corinna Kern JERUSALEM (Reuters) – It is Saturday night in Jerusalem and a group of protesters dressed in fluorescent pink are preparing to join a weekly demonstration outside the official residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding his resignation. They call themselves “The Pink Front” and participate in protests against Netanyahu that take place across the country every Saturday, attracting thousands of people calling for Israel’s oldest leader to resign over corruption allegations, lo which he denies. Many members of Pink Front are artists and performers, a community that has been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdowns. With the theaters closed, the show becomes a street performance venue. Amid a splash of pink scarves, flags and shirts, other groups wear black to lament Netanyahu’s continued administration, allowed by law, while he is under criminal prosecution. The demonstrations begin peacefully, but often end with the police arresting protesters who refuse to disperse. In a protest, Sharon Saguy, 54, a flamenco dancer and choreographer, is surrounded by activists who paint their faces pink. She teaches them the rhythm of that night as they play their improvised drums. Some nights she appears as a “Goddess of Justice” in a gold green dress with a matching crown, coronavirus mask, and scales of justice. “Creativity is a way of life,” Saguy says from her home in Jerusalem, where a megaphone and pink protest suits sit alongside her flamenco dresses. Pink Front has several thousand followers on Facebook (NASDAQ :). Pink, members of the group say, represents love, optimism and female leadership. Netanyahu has called the protesters “anarchists”, accusing them of failing to take precautions against coronavirus at demonstrations and of trying to overthrow a democratically elected leader. Karin Brauner, 34, a set and costume designer and member of the Pink Front who makes some of the protesters’ outfits, shrugs off criticism from Netanyahu, who is seeking a sixth term in the March 23 election. “Through our optimism and smart actions, we can have a great impact, because those who disagree with us, we make them listen,” he said.