Eran Efrati is an Israeli soldier and he has a message to the people of the United States. That message is a shocking one… Eran Efrati explains that “if you don’t care about Palestinians… You guys should know: you are next in line.”
In a nutshell, what happens to the Palestinians, if you are indifferent to their suffering, is what will happen to you next.
The 28-year-old Efrati was born in Jerusalem, and served in the Israeli Defense Forces. His role in the IDF as a combat soldier and company sergeant in Battalion 50 of the Nachal Division afforded him first hand insight into just what Palestinians experience. Contrary to the dismissals of many Israeli hawks, Efrati says that the reports out of Gaza are very much true.
Though much of his military service was in Hebron and the rest of the West Bank, he also saw Gaza first hand and knows the sorts of things that have gone on there in the past and more recently.
Back in 2009, Efrati was discharged from the IDF and joined the organization known as Breaking the Silence. Breaking the Silence is organization of veteran Israeli soldiers which seeks to raise awareness about the reality of Palestinian suffering in both Gaza and the West Bank.
Efrati works as the chief investigator for the veterans peace organization, collecting testimonies from former and current IDF soldiers. He also serves as a guide on political tours through parts of the West Bank.
Efrati wants Americans who are indifferent towards the suffering of Palestinians to know that what effects one, effects all. If we don’t care about what is happening to the people of Gaza and Palestine in general, that very apathy will bring these very same things to our front doors…
“If you don’t care about Palestinians… You guys should know: you are next in line. The next one who will die from a tear gas canister into his chest will be in Zucotti Park, will be in Denver, will be in Oakland, in San Francisco. It is happening here already. It is happening to different people, to people of color, to immigrants in this country, it is already happening. You guys are next in line. The next one will die out of brutality of the police will be one of your sons or your daughters–in a protest. Because they [U.S. police] are training together. Your police–training with our army. Our army is training them how to take care of the enemy. . . . But when they come back, you are their enemy.”
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(Article by R. Abraham and M.A. Hussein image via EPA)