Tuesday, 19. June 2012
Hitler’s Youth-Israel’s Youth: And the Difference?
This morning I came across the article below. It made me sick- as a human, as a mother of a four-year old … I felt nauseated; disgusted. I can go on and list even more adjectives, but I’ll let you read the article and come up with your own adjectives-many of which I am sure would match my own:
Summer camp, warfare style: Like a frozen turkey plunged into boiling oil, a group of American tourists descend from an air-conditioned van into the scorching heat of the West Bank. Flashing smiles all around, they march into Caliber 3, a local shooting range.
“Move it!” the Israeli guide suddenly yells. “Destroy that terrorist,” he orders them, and they charge, guns loaded, at cardboard targets.
Gush Etzion has become a hot destination in recent months for tourists seeking an Israeli experience like no other: The opportunity to pretend-shoot a terror operative. Residents of the nearby settlements, who run the site, offer day-trippers a chance to hear stories from the battleground, watch a simulated assassination of terrorists by guards, and fire weapons at the range.
Michel Brown, 40, a Miami banker, chose to take his wife and three children to the range with the purpose of “teaching them values.”
Upon entering the range, his five-year-old daughter, Tamara, bursts into tears. A half hour later, she is holding a gun and shooting clay bullets like a pro.
“This is part of their education,” Michel says as he proudly watches his daughter. “They should know where they come from and also feel some action.”
Sharon Gat, the range’s manager, says all the instructors at the site have served in elite IDF units.
“This is a special program created due to popular demand,” he says. “Travelers from all over the world come here to meet former combat troops and hear stories about elite units. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
“We heard on the news about shootings in the West Bank,” the mother, Olga, says. “We came to see it in person.”
Her son, Jacob, 24, puts down his rifle and exclaims: “This is an awesome experience. I learned how to stop a terrorist and how to rescue hostages. Now, when I find myself in distress, I will know how to deal.”
Davidi Pearl, who heads the Gush Etzion Regional Council, notes that this kind of experience turns the district into a world-famous “tourist gem.”
At the end of the thrill-filled day, the tourists get a diploma indicating they “completed a basic shooting course in Israel.”
“Boom, boom,” the 13-year-old Riley mutters on the way out of the range.
“Boom, boom!” Jacob responds, knowingly.
You can read the original article here.
Please tell me what is the difference between this:
… and this:
… and this: