Ian, USA

December 1, 2011

I am a 14 year old Jewish boy living in California. Last summer I visited Israel with my father and it gave me a new passion in support for Israel. I have always identified myself as a Jewish person, but after this trip I felt a new sense of pride and interest in my Jewish background. Some claims I hear about Israel make me sick. I have further studied Israeli politics, and the history of the current conflict of the middle-east. The more I read the more passionate I became about this issue. Since that trip I have been searching for more ways to get involved beyond personal research. I think a good way, would be to get in contact with an Israeli soldier which is what brought me here. I, also enjoy filmmaking/editing and take a 2 hour class everyday after school.

How do you respond to people who believe that Israel is full of “war criminals” and that the actions of the country are “crimes against humanity”? I have debated this heavily with many people, and while I think I am a good defendant and advocate for Israel, I hardly ever convince them of anything. 

How can I get more involved in this conflict and help support Israel? I attend Jewish events, and have donated money to programs such as “Stand With Us”(an organization designed to lessen anti-israeli propaganda) I have attended pro-Israeli meetings and rally’s. 

What inspired you to move from France and become a part of the IDF?

Hi Ian,

First of all thanks for your email and for your support.

Its not easy to persuade someone especially when he is convinced of the opposite… First of all you need to point out the facts, those same facts that most of the people dont know:

Crimes against humanity defines it: thanks wiki,

Crimes against humanity, as defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum, “are particularly odious offenses in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings. They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. Murder; extermination; torture; rape; political, racial, or religious persecution and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice. Isolated inhumane acts of this nature may constitute grave infringements of human rights, or depending on the circumstances, war crimes, but may fall short of falling into the category of crimes under discussion.”

Now lets be practical, this video will help you to cite facts. Make them “remember” that atrocities happen everywhere (even in the states, guantanamo…) we cant legitimize them but we can put them into the context. I would like to be more precise so I can help you more but you didnt gave me precises facts? But for example, if the blocus is legitime? The day after the release of Gilad Shalit, a Grad was sent from the Gaza strip 40 km in the israeli territories. For no reasons or any provocation.The Hamas has a lot of weapon and they want more in order to reach their goal: the destruction of Israel. So yes its legitime that Israel protects itself against the arming of the Hamas.

By the way those atrocities are against the palestinians people that democratically have elected a terrorist organisation? No comment.

I think that you are doing great! Money can help just as your implication. Keep searching for good news( JerusalemPost For example). People who dont care do not search the information, they just accept the politically correct (poor palestinians people) so it legitimizes the blame of Israel. Don’t accept this to easy analyze and keep searching for the truth… And spread it. The most important is to educate yourself and others.

When I was about your age, i said many times, “my dream would be to give my life for a period to the IDF, nothing is more ideologically beautiful for a young jew.”

I reached the age of 18, I didnt want to start the University, so I just decided to give me a chance, I am in Israel for six years without any regret.

Benjamin

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