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.”