Soldier pays the price for criticizing the Israel army

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    May 23, 2015 8:52 AM GMT
    We have to stand up against racism where ever we encounter it. Racism is an evil expression of another group's attempt at humiliation and domination. Shachar is a brave Jewish solider and a hero for saying the right thing and exposing the horror that is happening everyday.

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    Soldier pays the price for criticizing the Israel army
    IDF soldier Shachar Berrin was sentenced to a week in prison after he attended the taping of an international TV program, during which he stood up and expressed his opinion of the occupation.



    In the question-and-answer segment, after Dayan remarked that the fact that Israel is in 11th place in the World Happiness Report demonstrated that the occupation is not destroying it, Berrin asked for the floor and said (in English): “My name is Shachar Berrin and my question is for Dani Dayan. It was mentioned that Israel is the 11th happiest country in the world… I propose that what makes a country good isn’t whether it is happy or not, it’s the ethics and morality of the country. When soldiers are conditioned and persuaded on a daily basis to subjugate and humiliate people and consider other human beings as less than human, I think that seeps in, and I think that when the soldiers go home… they bring that back with them.”

    Tim Sebastian asked Berrin whether he was speaking “from personal experience.”

    Berrin: “Sure. Definitely. Just the other week, when some Border Police soldiers were rough with Christian tourists, another soldier, a colleague, said she couldn’t believe what they were doing: ‘I mean, come on, they are people, not Palestinians.’ I think that resonates throughout the occupied territories. I serve in the Jordan Valley, and we see every day how soldiers… look at these people not as human beings, not as someone who is equal, but someone who is less than them. And to think that we can just leave the racism and the xenophobia – that they will only be racist when they humiliate Palestinians – of course not… I think that once you are conditioned to think something, you bring it back with you and that it deeply affects Israeli society and causes it, as our president says, to be more racist.”
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    May 25, 2015 12:25 AM GMT
    One of my flight instructors is a former Israeli military fighter pilot (and flies like one too - dangerous as fuck!) icon_lol.gif

    He told me some stuff that I never woulda believed if it weren't for stories like this guy's to back it up.