'If I were a Rotschild... if I were a richman', sings Tevye , the poor jewish milkman in the famous musical "Fiddler on the Roof".
Rotschild is a magic name, the name of the well-known jewish banking dynasty which has always been associated with wealth and charity.
Rotschild Boulevard, named after the french Baron Edmond de Rotschild, is a lovely and popular boulevard in Tel-Aviv . I happened to be there two weeks ago; enjoyed a stroll and took some pictures. While there, I thought about the stormy protest demonstrations that started on this very street, in July 2011.
The usual daily views include parents and children, dog walkers, people resting on benches watching the world go by, bikers , friends sitting around a kiosk for a bite, drink and chat, etc..,
parenta and children
chatting, eating and drinking
old (Bauhaus style) building
HSBC bank offices
Now, three years later , all I remember of that event is that two of its three young leaders joined the Labor Party and got themselves seats in Parliament . In other words, the protesters became politicians.
The high prices are still here, social justice is still waiting to be rescued. It seems to me , that even the first mayor of the city sitting on his horse, looks dissappointed.
statue of first mayor of Tel Aviv overlooking the boulevard