When I Was an IDF Soldier

Criticism of Isra-l
There is no reason why Isra-l should be exempt from being criticised. Especially regarding the crimes committed against humanity, the war crimes and the (plausible) crime of genocide 2023/ 2024.
To remain silent and lend support(!) in face of injustice, oppression, and even genocide, is to be complicit, like the elites of many Western countries, the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden…
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When I Was an IDF Soldier

Alon Mizrahi | without equality there’s no freedom

Let me share with one of the most surreal and sobering moments of my life, that happened to me while I was an IDF soldier stationed in Gaza in at the end of 1992.

That kind of moment could only happen to a Mizrahi, or Arab-jewish soldier. You’ll see why I say it. And I could swear to you that every word of it is true. No embellishments, no filling in missing pieces of memory. All truth. – In the summer of 1992 I finished basic and some advanced infantry training, and my platoon was ready to partake in combat function, which really was just (same as for generation of young Israeli men and women before and after that) enforcement of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The unit I was joining at this stage had under its responsibility (for purposes of overt occupation activities) the Al-Shati refugee camp and some of the adjacent Rimal neighborhood, on the northwestern part of the Strip.

At the end of 1992, Israel’s leadership decided that the (Zionist and brilliant) solution for the growing discontent, or resistence, in the Strip, was removing 400 Hamas ‘leaders’ from Gaza and sending them into exile in Lebanon.

As many of those Hamas figures lived in and around the area designated for my unit to handle, we were appointed with making dozens of arrests, or maybe hundreds (Israel would always arrest additional people for more information, as a form of pressure and to prevent an eruption of a violent reaction).

For weeks in November of 1992 I would spend whole nights of my very young life walking from house to house in the dead of night in Gaza, knocking on doors, threatening family members of missing wanted people and handing over those who were home to the representatives of the security services, who were always with us, and always in plain cloths.

As part of my service there, I was in hundreds of Palestinians homes in Gaza, many of them during that month of endless nocturnal search and arrest hours.
Some nights we would take in 10 different people from same numbers of homes.

I was too young and shocked to understand anything, though it was clear to me that this was not the hero’s service fighting evil I spent the months and years before joining the IDF hoping for and fantasizing about.

Those people in Gaza were normal in a way that no part of me could align with evil. And I could never bring myself to become that natural lord and master that colonial and racist regimes always expect their soldiers and cops to be. I was too soft.

The people we took in never cried, begged for forgiveness or claimed it was a mistake. They would climb up and sit in the military vehicle with their hands tied behind their backs and their eyes covered in a kind of quiet that was more thunderous, more painful for me to remember all those years later, than any other act would be.

One man in particular I remember. A big, sombre man in his 30′, who looked untouchable in a big, thick black coat. But as he sat in the military vehicle with his hands tied behind his back his coat slipped over his shoulders, revealing a tank top and a body and skin that did not look invincible, or untouchable. He was human.

And he sat there, staring into space, in total quiet. Back then I had no idea where these men were taken, and what was going to be unleashed upon them. Only many years later did I discover how extensive Israel’s use of torture was, and how horrible.

But the big, somber, fragile man sat there, quiet, and, like any other Palestinian I saw in this situation, with what I can best describe as dignity in brokenness, that was astonishing. I have never seen anyone with more dignity in my life than a hand-tied, eyes-covered Palestinian detainee.

Towards the end of those weeks of knocking on doors and arresting people, one morning, around 7AMm after a long long bight, that moment happened to me. It was something that I never forgot and never will forget.

It was the last arrest for that night, which already becade day. We stood there, a small band of soldiers, and knocked on the door of what looked like a well built, well kept house. It was not fancy, but it surely not the house of poor people.

We waited for someone to come and open the door. After a minute or so, someone did.

If you ever felt like reality around you had its fundamentals twisting and changing, or like the layer of meaning that enveloped reality was torn, revealing another layer of deeper meaning, but in a way that makes you dizzy and dumbfounded – if you know that feeling you’ll know what I went through that moment.

Because the person that opened that door at that house that morning in Gaza was my very own and only sister.

The door opened and the actual, precise, living and breathing image of my sister, identical as any identical twin ever was, stood in the doorway. It was her face. her expression, her hair, her highet, her age, her build, her movement, her skin tone accurate to the 1000th degree.

I didn’t know what was going on, or what kind of insane trick was being played on me. I gasped, lost for words. I stood a meter away from her, and my very wanted to call her by my sister’s name.

Not long after this, after that whole period, I started cracking. I could not take it anymore, though I never could tell myself what it was that I couldn’t take. I went to see a psychologist and got restationed to a non-combat unit.

It took me many years to start to appreciate the damage done to me by what I was sent to do and see in Gaza. I don’t think that even today I have completely processed it.

She stood at the door and was a little puzzled, bot not panicked. She was wiping the floor, and it was still wet. A bucket with a rug in it stood by. It was a clean house, with a shining clean floor. The officer told her to get out and speak to us from street level, as the house was one stair up from that.

But the street was dirty and sandy, and she couldn’t bring herself to step outside barefoot. Her foot (my sister’s foot) ventured out for a second, not actually stepping, just hovering, but then was drawn in.

The officer pretended to not notice. He didn’t insist, and she remained inside. By not insisting and not becoming violent, I think, he saved my actual sanity, and never knew it. Feb 10, 2024 @alon_mizrahi


I told this story maybe once or twice in my life. It was too precious to just blurt out. But now that I have this platform (and all this love) I just had to let it out. So here it is

There are these groups, but they cling on to their Zionism very strong, so they’re not really radical. Thank you, relative

She was identical to my sister in every way. I didn’t mean it symbolically, just simply

I don’t speak Arabic, at least not yet, and many times I thought about her, if she was ok, and what happened to her. Guess I will never know

There was something else I wanted to say about this, but decided to leave it out. Too painful

I’m telling my story as it is. Others will be the judge of it

I was 19

𝐹𝒶𝓉𝒾𝓂𝒶 𝐵𝒶𝓇𝓀𝒶𝓉𝓊𝓁𝓁𝒶
@FatimaBarkatula
And ultimately we are all the children of Adam: Bani Adam, brothers and sisters.

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Does the EU stand for democracy, human rights values?

NO!

1. European leaders and ‘elites’ don’t stand for democracy, human rights.

It is all window-dressing: hypocrisy.

They are all complicit in the warcrimes and the “plausible” genocide unfolding in Gaza, and the crimes in the West Bank.

2. It is a European invention – it’s Zionist colonialism

Mick Wallace
But asking what’s in it for us supporting an Israeli genocide, well, the truth is that this settler colonial project of which is the makeup of Zionism, this was begun by Europeans. And this started back in ’47, ’48. It is a European invention.

And sadly, we haven’t abandoned colonialism. If you look at EU activity in Africa, and we talk a lot about Africa in here, you’ll see that what do you call it? Neocolonialism or colonialism. It hasn’t really gone away.

And the support for Israel is European support and American support and UK support for a settler colonial project that they started and they still haven’t finished it. And if you think that they have a problem with Gaza being ethnically cleansed of Palestinians, well, think again. Because they have been silent and watched.
Source as below: “Israel is a European Invention…”

Clare Daly
The actions of Israel are certainly designed to provoke a situation which would force the US to enter the scene more. Because the truth is that Israel is losing. It’s tragic that it’s coming at such an enormous cost to the Palestinians and the people of Gaza. But they’ve lost it.

The Zionist project is over now. It has lost the moral authority amongst the majority of the world’s people and significant sections of the Jewish population as well. So that’s over.

(One of those) who benefit from that is the military industrial complex.

The EU tries to steer a path and does it quite badly. I mean, the affront of the way in which they responded to the illegal, unwarranted, appalling bombings of Yemen completely outside the scope of international law because they were appalled at the threat to shipping.

And the erosion of international law what that meant when they watched the slaughter of innocents for months now and they weren’t affronted at the erosion of international law in that.

People in Europe can see that. So that discussion is going on kind of where the hell are we going with all of this stuff. And in some ways, EU politics are becoming a little bit more like US politics where you’ve got two sides of the one coin completely captured by the lobbyists and big corporate industry where the citizens there’s a big gap in accountability.
Source:
Israel is a European Invention & Gaza Genocide Was Made in West
w/ MEPs Clare Daly & Mick Wallace – YouTube

3. Kids hungry. European leaders: are you proud of what you accomplished?

Which lofty aims have you fulfilled while supporting the big terrorist Isra-l?

And here…

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latest update 2024-04-11

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- 008_Gaza: Starve or Leave! & Israel’s Moral Dilemma
- 009_Evidence of Foreknowledge of October 7, 2023 (Al-Aqsa Flood)
- 010_Beautiful Ahadith to act on immediately
- The Israeli Manipulation of Consciousness re: the Occupation
- The Bible's punishment for people's wickedness
- What do journalists do during a genocide?
- Quran Verse 21-25
- Debt Cancellation and Economic Parasites
- Israel’s systemic annihilation of knowledge of Palestine
- They Want to Destroy TikTok - Guess why!
- The time of Germany lecturing others is over.
- A New Definition of Extremism
- Time for sanctions on Israel!
- The richest, most powerful countries in the western world…
- Systematic attacks on hungry people in Gaza by IOF
- What is NATO?
- Misinterpreting Quranic Verses
- The Israeli With Zero Credibility Promoting Rape Hoax
- When I Was an IDF Soldier
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- Our goal is to stop the genocide, Al Ansar (Houthis)
- The Western/ Israel scandal to stop UNRWA!
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- Stop Asking Us About Hamas! When a Genocide Is Happening!!
- Each day … in Gaza – Isra-l at the ICJ
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- Hasbara - State Propaganda from the Zionist Entity
- Regarding the US Empire, And Why We Care
- What really happened on Oct 7, 2023
- On what really happened on Oct 7 (C)
- In an endless war on terror, we are all doomed to become Palestinians
- We Demand Your Emancipation From the River to the Sea
- Gaza 2023: How many more of us have to die?
- Each day … in Gaza – Isra-l at the ICJ
- Palestinians are still paying the price for Western racism
- Uncovering the Hypocrisy of US Empire Leaders
- The Zionist apartheid state of Israel must be dismantled
- A genocide is under way in Palestine
- Examples of Fake Isra-l Propaganda
- Why does Isra-l intentionally kill journalists?
- Gaza Kids during Isra-l Slaughter
- CEASEFIRE NOW!
- The Racists Revenge until Extermination
- This is Palestine before the settler colonial occupation of Israel
- We are all Gaza – Dr. Mats Gilbert
- For centuries, Jews have lived peacefully in Palestine
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‘Our goal is to stop the genocide’ Al Ansar

‘Our goal is to stop the genocide’ Al Ansar (Houthi) spokesman meets The Grayzone.

Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, senior political officer and spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarallah movement, explains the objectives behind his movement’s naval blockade of the Red Sea in this interview with The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal.

Beginning of the interview

Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, welcome to The Grayzone.

Q
What are your military objectives with this naval blockade in the Red Sea and how do you intend to achieve them against some of the most powerful militaries on the planet?

In the name of God the All-Merciful, our goal is a simple one. To stop the genocide that is happening in Gaza and to help get fuel, food and medicine into Gaza. We have suffered a similar plight starting in 2015 till today as the Yemeni people. We suffered equally from strikes and a siege. That’s why we cannot allow these crimes to be repeated. And of course if any other group had been suffering what the Palestinians are suffering now, we would have equally supported them. Therefore, our position is a moral one and our war is a war for morality.

As for the massive difference in military strength, between Yemen and our enemies Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom, we don’t act based on our internal strength, but rather based on the support of God the Almighty.

And everyone knows that Moses, peace be upon him, had triumphed over Pharaoh with a stick. As we know the story of Suleiman’s victory and the story of David’s slingshot that defeated Goliath. Therefore, we don’t fear but God Almighty and we don’t fear the weapons of the enemy, whatever they may be.

Q
You’ve said the awareness battle is more important than the military one. What did you mean by that?

This war that we are currently waging has a special nature. The moral impact of this war is much more important than the militaristic one. That is why we believe that a victory on the awareness front is much more important than a military victory.

Because the main cause of suffering from wars around the world is a result of a lack of awareness. And we know that there are a lot of good people in this world, in the United States, in the United Kingdom and any other European country.

These good people, if they found out the truth, their positions would change. I for one lived in the Netherlands for seven years and was a member of the Dutch Socialist Party, where I was an activist for the Palestinian cause. I also lived in Canada. That is why I know that there is a lot of good in these Western countries and communities.

The problem we run into as people trying to achieve justice in this world is the lack of unity and coordination between each other. Fear in our spirits and the lack of awareness amongst the masses.

That is why we believe that Yemen’s victory in this battle is a victory for morality and the highest values.



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Latest 46 texts on Livingislam.org

latest update 2024-04-11

- 007_October 7th and the Dawning of a New Age for Muslims
- 008_Gaza: Starve or Leave! & Israel’s Moral Dilemma
- 009_Evidence of Foreknowledge of October 7, 2023 (Al-Aqsa Flood)
- 010_Beautiful Ahadith to act on immediately
- The Israeli Manipulation of Consciousness re: the Occupation
- The Bible's punishment for people's wickedness
- What do journalists do during a genocide?
- Quran Verse 21-25
- Debt Cancellation and Economic Parasites
- Israel’s systemic annihilation of knowledge of Palestine
- They Want to Destroy TikTok - Guess why!
- The time of Germany lecturing others is over.
- A New Definition of Extremism
- Time for sanctions on Israel!
- The richest, most powerful countries in the western world…
- Systematic attacks on hungry people in Gaza by IOF
- What is NATO?
- Misinterpreting Quranic Verses
- The Israeli With Zero Credibility Promoting Rape Hoax
- When I Was an IDF Soldier
- Does the EU stand for democracy, human rights values?
- Our goal is to stop the genocide, Al Ansar (Houthis)
- The Western/ Israel scandal to stop UNRWA!
- Germany on the Wrong Side of History - Again!
- Stop Asking Us About Hamas! When a Genocide Is Happening!!
- Each day … in Gaza – Isra-l at the ICJ
- Rape Allegations from Israel Hasbara
- Hasbara - State Propaganda from the Zionist Entity
- Regarding the US Empire, And Why We Care
- What really happened on Oct 7, 2023
- On what really happened on Oct 7 (C)
- In an endless war on terror, we are all doomed to become Palestinians
- We Demand Your Emancipation From the River to the Sea
- Gaza 2023: How many more of us have to die?
- Each day … in Gaza – Isra-l at the ICJ
- Palestinians are still paying the price for Western racism
- Uncovering the Hypocrisy of US Empire Leaders
- The Zionist apartheid state of Israel must be dismantled
- A genocide is under way in Palestine
- Examples of Fake Isra-l Propaganda
- Why does Isra-l intentionally kill journalists?
- Gaza Kids during Isra-l Slaughter
- CEASEFIRE NOW!
- The Racists Revenge until Extermination
- This is Palestine before the settler colonial occupation of Israel
- We are all Gaza – Dr. Mats Gilbert
- For centuries, Jews have lived peacefully in Palestine
- Israel war crimes
- It’s not about Self-Defense!

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