I put a link to this story on Twitter, both in English and in Hebrew.
The Hebrew tweet drew a comment from a woman who made the following claims:
1 – She used to work at that job.
2 – If you’re not used to it, it’s humiliating – but it’s actually normal
3 – The same thing was done to her in the U.S.
4 – The instructions come from the Shabak, not the employees, and there’s no point in getting angry at the individual harassers.
5 – “The bad guys are the reason the good guys are investigated like this”
6 – The instruction came from above, from the state.
7 – “It’s such a pity that the party who’s really responsible is not criticized, and instead there’s a legitimation of wild attacks on children-after-the-army-service who are basicallyu working hard.”
8 – “It protects us, too. I saw things that cannot be discussed.”
and when I challenged her on item 8, she added:
9 – “That’s how it is when I can’t speak openly.” and
10 – That she’s not a monster, did not herself engage in any ethnic cleansing, and always treated people respectfully when she worked there.
She was *very* upset when I told her that “trust me, I’ve seen horrible things that I can’t tell you about” only persuaded me that she thought I’m a stupid. It was apparently a very rude thing to say, and she felt personally attacked. (Meanwhile, she appeared to expect consideration for “children” after their military work – which is fully dedicated to maintaining and increasing an ethnic cleansing.)
Just a random meeting with a random Israeli – who thinks I should trust her over my misguided impressions of reality.