The Mediterranean People, Extinction Rebellion, Megama Yerouka, along with ReGenesis and other associations for the safety of the maritime world have gathered in the City of Ashkelon (South of Israel) on June 17th 2021 to demonstrate against the broadening of the EAPC European-Asia Pipeline company agreement with the Emirates, an agreement which threatens the health of the Ashkelon citizens and the maritime environment.
Ashkelon is considered the second or third city in Israel with a high number of cancer disease cases.
ReGenesis Israël has orchestrated a performance together with the organizations mentioned above.
At the scene, there were:
-The expression of polarity between pure business interests and the will for a green rehabilitation program.
– A man lying in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask and blood transfusion represented the climbing number of cancer cases.
– A turtle lying dead on the floor with black residues was the symbol of a recent oil tanker leak along the Israel coast which has killed some of the maritime flora and fauna.
– Some demonstrators also wore gas masks to recall the pollution of the oil tankers coming close to the inhabited ashkelon, whereas Israel has not signed the Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MARPOL_73/78#Annex_VI) to reduce the emissions from ship. Consequently, nearly all the tankers coming to Israel are the most polluting tankers.
– A cover from the song “The Wall” by Pink Floyd with a virulent text demanding the closure of the defective pipeline.
Moreover, banners were saying:
Our future is sick, the situation is critical, Diagnosis: The climate crisis
The oil business deal kills Ashkelon
Global warming is an existential threat.
To have further understanding, you can read the following article: https://pgjonline.com/news/2021/april/med-red-land-bridge-inaugurates-operations-through-eapc-pipeline-network
We, citizens of the world, can’t give up. Sometimes strong texts and bold performances can help awakening the consciousness.We must be active and engaged. Citizens have the birthright to make their voice heard.Therefore, it is crucial to show art and activism, everywhere.