Israel Defense Forces Battlefield Ethics by Students Supporting Israel at the University of Iowa

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When to use a weapon in a violent crowd?

What to do when a child is in front of a target?

How to navigate the militaristic, yet community-based, terrain on the Gaza strip?


Students Supporting Israel is an international organization that advocates for Israeli culture, community and its military on over 45 college campuses throughout the United States. Last week, my chapter at the University of Iowa had the incredible opportunity to host 2 native Israeli citizens who previously served in the Israel Defense Forces, you learn more about the commitment of Israel citizens to the IDF here.

Aviad Yisrael, now 29 years old, and Naftali Gross, 31, joined our group on October 23, 2018 to reflect on their personal experiences when serving in combat on the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank. Their engagement brought moral dilemmas faced in combat to life. Scenarios caught on camera were shown to exemplify the decision-making experience soldiers face at the hardest moments. And ultimately their lecture interested our audience in the balance of brutal conflict and maintaining personal beliefs and ethics.

You can find my full coverage of the event on Twitter at @hummusatheart & SSI covered the event live on Facebook!

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