Well not in the way you might think. But Nuala Haughey has picked up a accidental parallel (subs needed) with the colours of loyality in Northern Ireland. The orange in question is in the form of ribbons worn by members of the Israeli public to support the settlers in Gaza, who are under imminent threat of eviction by the Israeli government. Support for the government’s proposed action has slumped:Support for the government’s proposed action has slumped:
…two polls released last week, one by Israel’s public radio station and the other by a political talk show on Israeli television, showed that support for the pull-out has dropped to about 50 per cent from two-thirds of Israelis just a few months ago.
The parallel with NI continues:
As the summer of disengagement heats up, left-wing supporters of the plan seem to have been outrun by their opponents. There were reports that a coalition of left-wing groups tried to counter the orange ribbon phenomenon by introducing green ribbons, but these are nowhere to be seen.
And the meaning of orange:
he Gaza settlers say the choice of the colour orange is a combination of the yellow of the sun and the golden sand of the beaches and represents optimism and hope. So what does colour analysis say of their selection? According to the fabric online website, orange is the colour of practicality and creativity.
“Your energy levels are high and you are sometimes restless. You have a forceful will and tend to be active and competitive. You are also excitable and can seek domination over the others. But the same site also cautions that “bright orange and burnt orange can make you feel frustrated and blocked. Try wearing peach, which will direct your energy to the others in a more caring way.”
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