But in a month in Israel, including travelling half the length of the country, and spending time in Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, I never came across any evidence of active support of Peace Now, Gush Shalom, B'Tselem, the now defunct draft resister movement, Courage to Refuse or similar groups. You could argue that I was hanging out with too narrow a range of people. Possibly true. Though almost all my many secular relatives are left wing, and most of them are to the left of what in England counts as Old Labour. But then I'd have expected to see posters or graffiti with their slogans. My conclusion is that these groups are now so small and unpopular as to be politically insignificant. Though I believe Peace Now can still turn out respectable numbers for set piece demonstrations.
What I liked, though, was the evidence of a sceptical take on both right and left wing political slogans in some of the street graffiti I saw.
My favourite was the one in orange lettering at the top left of the photograph. I need to explain the context. Orange was the colour adopted by the settler movement as the unifying focus of their anti-disengagement campaign.
During the lead-up to the disengagement from Gaza operation in the summer of 2005, the right wing settler movement was active in propagating a range of political slogans. One of their standard methods was to use slogans suggesting there was widespread national support for their position.
For years, there had been a slogan of that type campaigning against giving up the settlements of the Golan Heights. It was: HA'AM IM HA-GOLAN. Meaning: THE PEOPLE IS WITH THE GOLAN [settlers].
So during their anti-disengagement campaign, there was a similar campaign supporting the Gaza region settlers of the Gush Katif bloc: HA'AM IM GUSH KATIF. Meaning: THE PEOPLE IS WITH GUSH KATIF.
So our witty graffiti artist's slogan reads: HA'AM IM GUSH CHASHISH. Meaning: THE PEOPLE IS WITH THE BLOC OF HASHISH.
I love it.