Suicide in the IDF: war as a daily diet

BywinCFCEAE0XBD-1

 

War destroyes the oppressor too

The last time I was in israel i was at a friend’s house for dinner. His 22 year old son was recently demobbed from the IDF. His daughter, visibly nervous, was a bout to do her two year stint.

I’ll  never forget the son’s comment.

“What kind of a government  gives a mill;ion dollar tank to a 20 year old kid.”

 

What kind of a government asks young impressionable kids  to betray their humanity on a daily basis and  humiliate another people? It is no wonder that young Jews in the diaspora are bailing out of synagogues when silence becomes the sickening norm, when spiritual leaders are ruled by “cheque book Judaism” and refuse to speak truth to power, in this case an out of control Israeli state.

 

Israeli Defense Forces soldiers have historically had a very high rate of suicides, in spite of the fact that this rate had been improving recently. That improvement, however, took a turn for the worse after the latest IDF military operation in Gaza.

 
Now, the Israeli military police have opened an investigation into what is casing the recent spike in IDF suicides. Three members of an elite military unit recently committed suicide.

 
The soldiers were members of the Givati Brigade, who were directly involved in the Gaza ground operation during the recent War on Gaza.

 

 

One after another, the Givati soldiers began committing suicide after the Israeli operation ended.

 
The Israeli daily news Maariv explained that these were all cases of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, with two of the soldiers shooting themselves near the border with Gaza.

 
Gazans say that they are not surprised, as the brutality that they witnessed from IDF brigades would have, according to Gaza City resident M.A. Hussein, “been impossible for anyone with a conscience to live with.”

 

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1 Comment »

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    mushafta Says:

    This is all about man’s inhumanity to man. The Canafian government is today making a huge mistake entering a military mission in Iraq and potentially Syria. Killing off the eny whether in Palestine or Iraq and Syria only breeds more violence. These young Israeli soldiers will later face the psychological scars of war as will our own pilots who drop bombs from an altitude; later wondering about who they killed and whether or not they took out innocents. This is a shell game. Power, money and politics. Take your guess where the truth is hidden. The outcome we already know.


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