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Shinui Party (Israel)

Party of Change,Mifleget Ha'Shinui

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[Shinui Party (Israel)]
by Dov Gutterman | 2:3

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Shinui (meaning Change) is a small liberal party in the opposition. Its flag shows the party name in blue on a white field.

Dov Gutterman, 21 June 2002

A friend of mine, a Shinui supporter, once told me that when the Mapam, Ratz, and Shinui parties merged in 1992, they made the new name, Meretz, from an acronym of the first two, representing Shinui by using the color green, Shinui's color. Shinui is no longer part of Meretz, but did it leave its color behind when it left? I suppose that Shinui would be considered liberal (in the American, not European, sense) only in Israel. Perhaps green has come to mean something Shinui doesn't want to associate with (Greens, leftism, etc.), and they saw blue (conservative, Zionist) as better.

Nathan Lamm, 21 June 2002

Shinui split in 1997. Most of the leaders stayed in Meretz and the rest established the 'new' Shinui. Dates in Shinui history:

  • 1974 - Established
  • 1977 - Joined the 'Democratic Movement' in the 'DASH' (Democratic Movement for Change)which got 15 seats bringing the Labour Party rule to end by joining the Likud in the Coalition.
  • 1978 - Dash split, and 8 Shinui seats joined the opposition.
  • 1980 - Dash name changed to: 'Shinui - Party on the Centre'
  • 1981 - Down to 2 seats (3 in 1984, 2 in 1988)
  • 1992 - Joining Mapam and Ratz to create Meretz
  • 1997 - Shinui split
  • 1999 - Using a strong anti-religious line the 'new' Shinui got 6 seats.
  • 2000 - New platform as 'A Democratic, Liberal, Zionist, Non-religious, Peace seeking party'.
Source: Shinui website.

Dov Gutterman, 21 June 2002

Shinui Party was the (expected) surprise of the 2003 elections, more than doubling its force — from 6 seats to 15 to become the third largest party. The celebration in the party headquarters revealed the party flag as a light blue logo —the party name— on white.

Dov Gutterman, 29 January 2003