Yeah, on the topic of how long it’s been bad, these protests are literally the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (the Disaster), i.e. the ethnic cleansing from village to village of Palestinians in order to illegally seize and occupy land without having to treat Palestinians with equal respect and negotiate living side by side, and these are explicit methods and goals right out of the mouths and pens of the architects of '48.
I’m friends and comrades with a few Israeli anti-capitalists living in Israel, mostly not Ashkenazi and who have some pretty depressing things to say about how not just Ethiopian Beta Israel folks are treated (which has been getting some coverage lately) but even Maghrebi/Sephardi/Mizrahi Jewish folks (my friends among them) get pretty contemptuous treatment unless they’re willing to opt into an inclusion-as-enclosure that silences dissent about treatment of Palestinians period (much less outright criticism of settler-colonialism and the settler-colonial state of Israel needing to abolish itself and start from square one with Palestinians by recognizing Palestine’s full extent before ethnic cleansing and illegal land seizures) and even then those non-Ashkenazi politicians who walk in lock-step with Israeli nationalism can get snide and contemptuous treatment in the press for daring to speak up about differential treatment amongst different Jewish ethnic/cultural groups in Israel - even their own.
Like any settler-colonial state, there are clear grips on power whatever the claims to diversity and equality in the PR, and challenging the PR (much less the power) is often vilified. Israel as a state isn’t a big fan of Jewish Israeli voices who they can’t just reductively tar and feather as antisemites, and what used to get out largely as statements from admittedly fringe groups (Anarchists Against the Wall/אנרכיסטים נגד גדרות, for example, who are badass af, I met someone who organized with them on a roadtrip vacation at the Montréal Anarchist Bookfair in 2012 and he was a super sweet, compassionate dude and really informative) is now slowly becoming more common to hear from just regular Israelis who get more detailed information than IDF propaganda from human rights groups online and so on. It’s still not the massive sea change needed, but this trend at a trickle does have hope of accelerating, and I know there’s been a big influence from diaspora Jewish groups like If Not Now (who just held Embassy of Freedom marches/protests/events simultaneous to the horrifying events of the last few days) and Jewish Voice for Peace (who recently went on a blacklist from the state of Israel saying anyone associated with them can’t travel to/be in Israel for supporting/participating in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) on the thinking of young Israelis, so minds are changing because of the internet connecting far-flung Jewish voices (from secular voices over to even Rabbinical ones) standing with Palestine and against the occupation.
It’s just change so slow that children keep dying, so it’s a depressing pace.