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BREAKING the SILENCE Women Soldiers’ Testimonies

BREAKING the SILENCE Women Soldiers’ Testimonies

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BREAKING THE SILENCE
Women Soldiers\u2019 Testimonies

Somehow, a \ue000emale combatant has to prove hersel\ue000 more, on the ground too. Again, a \ue000emale combatant who can lash out is a serious fghter. Capable. A ball-breaker. There was one with me when I got there, she\u2019d been there long be\ue000ore, she was \u2013 wow, everyone talked about what grit she had, because she could humiliate Arabs without batting an eyelash. That was the thing to do.

... I think guys need to prove themselves less in this respect, but it was not clearly stated. We did talk about how the tough \ue000emale-combatant has no problem beating up Arabs. It\u2019s obvious, you don\u2019t even need to spell it out. This one means business, you should see her humiliating them \u2013 there was no problem to say something like this out loud. Take a look at that one, a real \u2018ball-breaker,\u2019 see her humiliating them, slapping them, what a slap she gave that guy! You hear this kind o\ue000 talk all the time.

Breaking the Silence is an organization o\ue001 veterans who served in the Israeli

army during the Second Inti\ue001ada (since September 2000), and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to everyday li\ue001e in the Occupied Territories, a routine situation that is never re\ue000ected in the media. An alternative in\ue001ormation- conduit thus becomes accessible to the public at large about what the daily goings- on in Israel\u2019s back yard. Breaking the Silence came into being in March 2004, and has since acquired a special standing \ue001or both the public and the media, bringing \ue001orth the voices o\ue001 soldiers who had previously remained silent. The ultimate goal o\ue001 Breaking the Silence is to stimulate public debate about the moral price that Israeli society as a whole has been paying \ue001or a reality in which young soldiers \ue001ace a civilian population on an everyday basis and control its li\ue001e. All the testimonies we publish undergo meticulous research, including cross-checking \ue001acts with additional eye-witnesses and /or archives o\ue001 other human rights organizations which are also active in the feld. True to our journalistic e\ue001\ue001ort, the identity o\ue001 our sources is not exposed and remains confdential. The testimonies published here are unedited and presented in their original \ue001orm, except \ue001or details that are withheld in order to conceal the identity o\ue001 specifc testimony-bearers, and/or clarifcations o\ue001 military jargon.

Printed in Jerusalem, 2009

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