This is an election poster for the Mapai Party with the title: “Abundance – for whom?”
The illustration shows a giant man dangling, in one hand, goods such as basic food, clothing, and housing above the heads of people who cannot reach them but are looking at them longingly. In the other hand, the man is holding bags of money in easy reach of the people standing by.
This poster is depicting the social injustice against which this political party was fighting. The message of the poster is that some people are denied basic necessary resources while others are handed money with no effort needed.
At the bottom of the poster, it calls on people to vote for the Mapai Party, the worker’s party, which was a dominant socialist Zionist party that predated today’s Labour Party.
Election posters often not only advertise their party or candidate but also use their freedom of speech to make a statement about society that might attract voters.
Freedom of Speech, Wikipedia
Mapai, The Workers’ Party of the Land of Israel, Israel Democracy Institute
Describe the scene in the poster. Who is the man in the centre?
What message does this poster convey?
Do democracies today still struggle with the distribution of wealth? Give an example.
How does a poster like this exercise a group’s freedoms?
Can freedom of speech be taken too far? If so, when and how? Look at this election poster from Australia. Discuss whether this is an example of taking freedom of speech too far.
Should there be limitations on freedom of speech? In what cases?
In which countries today do people not enjoy freedom of speech? How are people censored, and what can happen to them if they disobey?
Plan a mock election. Each group must represent a different party with a specific goal in mind.
Party affiliations should focus on an issue related to camp, such as “The Midnight Lights-Out Party,” or “The Ice Cream on Tuesdays Party.”
Each group must design an election poster with a catchy phrase and image that demonstrates their freedom of speech.
Each group should present their poster and their party’s message.
Hold a vote and then reward chanichim with the winning party’s goal.