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‘Everyone’s a Suspect.’ Six Former Israeli Soldiers Speak

November 18, 2021

Source: The New York Times 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/16/opinion/israel-palestine-idf-mission-hebron.html

 

By Rona Segal

Published November, 2021

 

Director Rona Segal learned filmmaking in the Israeli army.
Now, she turns the camera on her fellow soldiers.

‘Everyone’s a Suspect.’ Six Former Israeli Soldiers Speak

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

 

I joined the army when I was 18 years old. Military service is mandatory in Israel (with few exemptions) and we’re instructed to never doubt its necessity. But I wanted to make films, so I maneuvered my way into the Israel Defense Forces’ film unit.

 

The army is where I learned the craft of filmmaking, and making the short documentary above allowed me to go back to those years. But now, as an independent filmmaker, I have a different perspective, a perspective that most 18-year-olds simply don’t have.

 

Here, ex-soldiers share their accounts of day-to-day operations on the ground in Hebron, the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank. They offer a view that has rarely been seen by the public.

 

Rona Segal is an Israeli director and screenwriter



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