The soldier who made the difference?

There’s a lot of debate in the UK at the moment about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. I’m not a member of the Labour Party and don’t feel able or even in a position to comment on this beyond saying that anti-Semitism is wrong, always, under all circumstances.
But, so is the occupation of the Palestinian lands and the oppression of the Palestinian people by the Government of the State of Israel. And if those who say this loud and clear are accused of being anti-Semitic, this is just plain wrong.
The blog by one of the many Ecumenical Accompaniers makes it clear that here a whole people is being oppressed and that this has been going on for over 50 years with the acquiescence of the so called international community. And each time the government of one of the main allies of Israel voices criticism they are immediately accused of questioning Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself.
But Israel does not defend itself; it takes Palestinian land, and it ensures that time and time again Palestinians are humiliated and threatened. This does not make for security and it does not make for peace.

EAPPI UK and Ireland Eyewitness Blog

By EA Katherine, Southern West Bank.

“I’m 16 years old and preparing for military service,” David* begins. “Should I enlist and be the soldier who makes a difference or should I refuse as a sign of protest?”

We are in Haifa talking about our work at a synagogue and have reached the question and answer session.  Like all 16 year olds in Israel, David is about to make decisions which will affect what he does during his three years of conscription into the Israeli military.  He goes to one of the top schools in Israel and admits that most young people his age are just thinking about where to serve and not whether to serve.

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About martinaweitsch

I'm interested in politics and rational political debate which isn't afraid of the facts or the complexities and contradictions inherent in most important issues.
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