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Israeli soldiers speak out about brutality of occupation

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/08/israel-soldiers-speak-out-brutality-palestine-occupation

Not to start a flame war, but this is important reading; while at the same time it ignores alot of context.
My best friend Yossi who served in the IDF for three years was the top sniper in his unit, and only spoke to me once about a man he may have killed. They received intelligence one day that a terrorist was going to cross the border from Gaza. So the team of snipers took up their posts on a hill or mountain nearby.

Sure enough, at the appointed time and place, a guy with a machine gun is trying to crawl underneath barbed wire at the Gaza border. They receive the order to take him you, and my friend doesn’t know whether his shot killed the guy or not, but by the hands of one of the members of his unit, he was dead.

Yossi didn’t seem proud of it. Or happy about it. He wasn’t conflicted either, but I definitely detected no excited at the possibility of him having taken the successful shot.

— So this is more what we’re dealing with here. Soldiers are just regular men and women sent to do the work the rest of us don’t want to do. And alot of human anxieties are present, including the desire not to kill.
Obviously, my friend’s tale is a legitimate security issue. My friend Zach always says “Occupation isn’t supposed to be pretty” (something along the lines of that), and I think the rest of these stories illustrate the difficulties of being an occupying solider, as much as the abuses of occupation.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/08/israel-soldiers-speak-out-brutality-palestine-occupation

By AFarooqui

I write about the dichotomies present in religion, gathered mostly from discussions with average Jews, Christians, Muslims and atheists.

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