By: Assim Luqman Al Hakeem
He is seventeen years old and eager to go and fight in Syria. When I tried to talk him out of it, he started calling me derogatory names! I said to him: we can call each other names from here till kingdom come. However, let’s discuss this in more civilized manner and put our guns, grenades and weapons on the table for moment. If you like what you hear, you follow the truth wherever it is. If you don’t like it, do what you want! The young man surprisingly agreed. Read the rest of this entry
The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talk about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.
Excuse the disrespectful manners. What else do you expect from a Zionist? I made sure that he said this statement. His account is active; it’s real.
How about this world? He said it him self. Do you still think he is out there with his Israeli army bombing people in Gaza to “eliminate” Hamas? No, they want to eliminate all Palestinians.
This is not about Hamas.
A testimony about settler violence against Palestinians.
In 2011, for the first time ever in the history of the Occupation, IDF soldiers chose to reveal their identities to the public and provide testimony about their actions in the Occupied Territories. Immediately after the testimonies were published, the IDF spokesperson welcomed the move as an opportunity for the military to investigate our materials, but guess what was (never) done…
… Three years have passed and, to this day, no investigation has been opened regarding the cases described by Breaking the Silence members. None of the soldiers have been summoned or questioned about their actions.
Now we are publishing dozens of **new** video testimonies that depict the reality of military control over a civilian population, the reality of day-to-day human rights violations that we – as IDF soldiers – participated in and preserved. The Occupation turns all of us, every soldier, into a rotten apple. This is proven by the hundreds of soldier testimonies from dozens of military units serving all over the territories.
We know there will be no investigations opened this time either, because to investigate us is to investigate the system of occupation itself. Investigating one soldier or another will not transform the underlying policy requiring the systemic violation of human rights and rejection of Palestinian liberty into a moral one.
Watch the new video testimonies on our website: http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/testimonies/videos