[Marxism] Israeli soldiers’ T-shirts reveal the country’s ruthless state of mind
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PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) # 425, April 3, 2009
‘Dead babies, bombed mosques’
Israeli soldiers’ T-shirts reveal the country’s ruthless state of mind
The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz created a storm of controversy recently when
it revealed that Israeli soldiers were designing, buying and wearing T-shirts
such as the following :
* A sharpshooter's T-shirt shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a
bull's-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, "1 shot, 2 kills."
* A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription "Better use
Durex," next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and
a teddy bear beside him.
* The Lavi battalion produced a shirt featuring a drawing of a soldier
next to a young woman with bruises, and the slogan, "Bet you got raped!"
* The Haruv battalion printed T-shirts declaring, "We won't chill 'til
we confirm the kill". "Confirming the kill" means shooting a bullet into an
enemy victim's head from close range – a practice the army claims doesn't
exist. A shirt has an image of a child with the slogan "Smaller - harder!", a
reference to the difficulty of hitting smaller targets from a distance. A
shirt for soldiers of the Lavi battalion, who spent three years in the West
Bank, reads: "We came, we saw, we destroyed!" - alongside images of weapons, an
angry soldier and a Palestinian village with a ruined mosque in the center.
Some sniper T-shirts have featured a drawing of a Palestinian boy - not a
terrorist - with the slogan 'Don't bother running because you'll die tired'.
There is a Golani infantry brigade T-shirt of a soldier raping a girl, and
underneath it says, 'No virgins, no terror attacks.'
Why are such pictures and slogans so popular? Israeli sociologist Dr. Orna
Sasson-Levy said that this revolting phenomenon is "part of a radicalization
process the entire country is undergoing… There is a perception that the
Palestinian is not a person, a human being entitled to basic rights, and therefore
anything may be done to him."
Adapted from "Dead Palestinian babies and bombed mosques - IDF fashion
2009", by Israeli journalist Uri Blau, printed in Israel’s leading newspaper Ha’
aretz on March 20, 2009. Full text at :
Distributed by PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity)
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