At Israeli protests, women recreate The Handmaid's Tale novel

2023-03-18 12:42:04 | Son Güncelleme : 2023-03-18 12:50:04

In Israeli protests, women played the novel and TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" on the streets. They walked around in white caps and red robes like in the series, noting that the law would hit women the hardest.

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At the Israeli protests, a group of women marched wearing red robes and white caps, as in the novel "The Handmaid's Tale", which was also adapted for TV.

The women say they are protesting to ward off what they believe will be a dark future if the government follows through on its plan to overhaul the judiciary.

“This display is a representation of the things that we fear,” said Moran Zer Katzenstein, founder of the women’s rights advocacy group Bonot Alternativa, or “building an alternative,” which is behind the Handmaid's protest.

“Women are going to be the first to be harmed” under the overhaul, she added.

Ahead of one demonstration, a group of women rode the train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in costume, transforming the cars and the platform into what could have been a scene from the Hulu series. Another time, they encircled a central fountain in the seaside metropolis of Tel Aviv, a site that’s typically home to kids in strollers and dogs on leashes. They have also blocked intersections, staying in character during the protests, keeping quiet as they walk in formation.

Their jarring appearance is meant to drive home the notion that Israel, which portrays itself as the Middle East's lone democracy, could morph into a chilling dystopia where women are stripped of their rights.


The Handmaid's Tale is an American dystopian television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

The plot features a dystopia following a Second American Civil War wherein a theonomic, totalitarian society subjects fertile women, called "Handmaids", to child-bearing slavery.

The women, called Handmaids, are assigned to the homes of the ruling elite, where they must submit to ritualized rape (referred to as "the ceremony") by their male masters ("Commanders") in the presence of their wives, to be impregnated and bear children for them.

The audience of the series, which tells about the "breeding" of women by men, is quite high.