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Dis/acknowledging military violence

Women breaking the silence of occupation

Interviewing over 100 women, we were surprised to discover that barely any mentioned the military’s externally directed violence. Despite the fact that some of the women served during the First Lebanon War (1982–2000) and others in the Occupied Territories, these experiences were not presented in their service stories. Only a few of the interviewees directly addressed the military’s violence. For example, Emily, who served in the operation room, said:

The soldiers of Golani [an infantry brigade] went out on an ambush and killed six terrorists. There was celebration, and then our missiles accidentally ignited a fire, and six [of our] soldiers were killed. I remember it like it was yesterday. We heard their screams over the radio. I shiver just talking about it.