From Refuzniks


Efi, 23, a student: “From your childhood in Israel you're led to believe that the army protects you. An important experience made me understand that this wasn't the case: I went to Bilin on the West Bank where I saw pacifist demonstrators defend their land. I saw the soldiers fire at them and that shocked me. When growing up in Israel, when you're young, it's impossible to know about this sort of thing.” Tel Aviv, 2009. In 2014 he says: “Today I think that the problem is in fact a complex one. War is a terrible thing and there are people who suffer on both sides. But as it is being attacked I think Israel has the right to defend itself.”