by Sumaira Alwani
Breaking the Silence, a website and an organization of veteran combatants who have served their time, being a soldier and fighter in the Israeli Military have exposed the facts and truths of them in the occupied territories. This website reveals real stories of the young soldiers who control the population of the occupied territories on daily basis.
Yehuda Shaul, a former Israeli soldier who served in West Bank Gaza revealed his story on the website. (The story quoted down has been elaborated concisely.)
It was 2002 and Brazil were playing. He and his patrolling military companions wanted to see the World Cup football match and for that they entered a house which had satellite. He and his patrolling friends locked all the family members, men in one room and women in another room so they could watch the match. ‘That’s what we do in occupied territories’, said Yehuda.
The story further elaborated the concept of Israelis possessing stronger power than Palestine’s. He revealed that being strong enforces you not to consider the next weakest person standing beside you as a human, but only as an object.
Yehuda after retiring from the Israeli Military launched a Photo exhibition, which consisted some normal and regular clicks giving a strong message.
Yehuda, after coming back from the war field was unable to make himself understand that what he had done with the Palestinian people. He tried to understand the reality behind these brutal clashes and once he was assured about his feeling, he tried talking to other military companions and surprisingly they felt the same.
These feelings became the reason for this exhibition, for which he and his military companions started gathering photographs.
“What we have documented are not isolated incidents. This is a story of what happens when a nice kid from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv gets sent to the Territories. They adapt.”, said Yehuda
DISCLAIMER: This story has been taken from the website of ‘Breaking the Silence’ posted by The Irish Times.