Subj:  An American Israeli's View of IDF Actions
Date:  1/17/01 8:30:12 PM Pacific Standard Time
From:  EstherHo
  Violent society

                       As a Jew and ex IDF officer, I was shocked to see IDF
                       soldiers dragging a bleeding young Palestinian in the
                       streets of Hebron. The shocking image showed our
                       solders as sadists who rejoice over the killing of a young
                       man, and drag his body to our settlers to rejoice, dance,
                       exchange candy and congratulations and kick the
                       not yet dead body.

                       It reminds me of cheetahs and hyenas, which kill and
                       drag their prey. The problem is that these animals kill to
                       survive. Our solders kill to maintain the occupation, an
                       apartheid system.

                       It seems to me that our society has become increasingly
                       violent and moved away from Zionist principles. When
                       the Arab crowd lynched our solders in Ramallah, it was
                       criminal, and they were savage, and when our
                       disciplined solders do it, it is heroism and civilized.

                       I strongly believe that their blood is as red as ours and
                       equally sacred. Our army's actions in the West Bank
                       and Gaza amount to crimes against humanity. The Israel
                       Defense Forces should investigate in a fair way and
                       punish these soldiers before the world wakes up and put
                       most of us on trial for crimes against humanity.

                       Rafi Miller