Thursday, December 17, 2015

Even His Own Mother Didn't Want to Know: Breaking the Silence

During my visit to  Kiryat Arba and Hebron with the movement, Breaking The Silence, our guide told us that when he came home for Shabbat, during his army service in the occupied territories, he could tell no one at home about his experience. Even his own mother didn't want to know and said " it is okay; you are  home now.”
This is how the movement describes itself and its mission in its official page:"Breaking The Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life."
With the demonization of the movement, feel that I should post again my essay about that visit. It describes what I saw with my own eyes, and emphasizes the important educational work which this movement does.
Please read the essay in the Times Of Israel

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