Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the routine situations of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.
I breathe in the toxicity of a country gone mad with greed, hatred and apathy. Distracted by everything that moves or glitters. I refuse to give in, to condemn, to rail against the injustice of it all. I try instead to practice radical acceptance. Or showing up and loving life in spite of what life is or isn’t doing to me right now.
You also do not have to participate in the madness. I reject false dichotomies created by the ruling class for the purpose of subjugating the rest of us. I accept that they are as they are and encourage them to change. I validate their efforts at lying, manipulation and corruption (because they do them very well) while pushing for a change in their behaviors. I encourage them to practice lovingkindness and respect for all beings because we are all connected.
Fighting fire with fire burns the bridges we need to re-connect with all beings in a synergistic communion of love.
BE as well as you can be and encourage others to do the same.