The other day we ran a post about the fact that the Jewish Forward ran several photos of Israeli independence day that highlighted the scary degree of militarism in that society– pictures from a settlement of children and guns.
Well this is probably more significant: The San Jose Mercury News has run even more of the same photos, taken by Gali Tibbon. In an album of shots from Israel’s independence day, check out numbers 1-8. This is the new face of Israel, children caressing guns.
Here are the first eight pictures’ descriptions:
An Israeli boy plays with an M-16
An Israeli man shows his son how to work a machine gun during a traditional military weapon display to mark the 66th anniversary of Israel’s Independence at the West Bank settlement of Efrat on May 6, 2014
An Israeli child holds a rocket launcher…
An Israeli boy in a military vest throws a mock grenade [shown above]
An Israeli woman holds up an M-16
An Israeli boy jumps from an Armoured Personnel Carrier
An Israeli man shows his son how to work an M-16
An Israeli boy wearing a military vest crawls on the sand
Later photos are traditional Israel celebrations: they show kids with balloons and an old man with small Israeli flags pasted to his face. But as we say in San Jose, you get the picture.
Reader Kathlene writes:
I had stumbled upon these photos via a link at the Mercury News which innocuously mentioned photos of Israel’s celebration of its independence. Expecting a pro-Israeli propaganda piece, I was shocked (in a good way) to see these photos. Unsurprisingly, comments are closed under the photos.
The photos that disturbed me most included photo 3 of an angelic girl clutching a weapon next to another girl who is holding a doll, and photo 2 of a father showing his son how to use a machine gun. I was immediately repulsed by these photos, similar to the revulsion I feel when I see American gun-culture photos of young girls clutching pink AR-15s in the name of freedom. The innocence that is being destroyed in the name of hatred (which is disguised as freedom) is immoral, sad and sickening. The fact that a mainstream publication would post these photos online makes me hopeful that people will see Israel’s role in preventing peace in the Mideast and with Palestine.