Heritage Tourism A La Israel

Hitler’s Youth-Israel’s Youth: And the Difference?

This morning I came across the article below. It made me sick- as a human, as a mother of a four-year old ... I felt nauseated; disgusted. I can go on and list even more adjectives, but I’ll let you read the article and come up with your own adjectives-many of which I am sure would match my own:

heritage1Summer camp, warfare style: Like a frozen turkey plunged into boiling oil, a group of American tourists descend from an air-conditioned van into the scorching heat of the West Bank. Flashing smiles all around, they march into Caliber 3, a local shooting range.

"Move it!" the Israeli guide suddenly yells. "Destroy that terrorist," he orders them, and they charge, guns loaded, at cardboard targets.

Gush Etzion has become a hot destination in recent months for tourists seeking an Israeli experience like no other: The opportunity to pretend-shoot a terror operative. Residents of the nearby settlements, who run the site, offer day-trippers a chance to hear stories from the battleground, watch a simulated assassination of terrorists by guards, and fire weapons at the range.

Michel Brown, 40, a Miami banker, chose to take his wife and three children to the range with the purpose of “teaching them values.”

Upon entering the range, his five-year-old daughter, Tamara, bursts into tears. A half hour later, she is holding a gun and shooting clay bullets like a pro.

“This is part of their education,” Michel says as he proudly watches his daughter. “They should know where they come from and also feel some action.”

Sharon Gat, the range’s manager, says all the instructors at the site have served in elite IDF units.

“This is a special program created due to popular demand,” he says. “Travelers from all over the world come here to meet former combat troops and hear stories about elite units. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“We heard on the news about shootings in the West Bank,” the mother, Olga, says. “We came to see it in person.”

Her son, Jacob, 24, puts down his rifle and exclaims: “This is an awesome experience. I learned how to stop a terrorist and how to rescue hostages. Now, when I find myself in distress, I will know how to deal.”

Davidi Pearl, who heads the Gush Etzion Regional Council, notes that this kind of experience turns the district into a world-famous “tourist gem.”

At the end of the thrill-filled day, the tourists get a diploma indicating they “completed a basic shooting course in Israel.”

“Boom, boom,” the 13-year-old Riley mutters on the way out of the range.

“Boom, boom!” Jacob responds, knowingly.


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Please tell me what is the difference between this:


... and this:


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  1. Yeah, it’s pretty twisted. If adults want to visit this little Wonderland it’s their business. However children should never be introduced to killing in a manner that’s so “matter-of-fact” and “fun”. I think the Israelis are becoming the thing they most fear.

  2. Terrible! We would never do such a thing here, right? Instead we bring up kids to use computer games to kill people – and once trained they are ready for piloting drones. Killing for fun still. Don’t worry, be happy.

  3. The difference is that in the first picture the kids had no firearms. Hitler new that to control people you had to disarm them. In 1932 he did just that when he came to power. All genocides are preceeded by banning and confiscating weapons from the people. I have a question for you Sibel. How are you going to protect your daughter? You of all people know that the law is a joke and is in place to control people. Do not be too critical about people learning skills that may keep them alive one day.

  4. Harold, I feel I need to poit out a central FLAW in your argument. Livinf as do in New Mexico, I am reminded that NATIVE people HAD firearms, in most cases equivalent and cometimes superior to those fielded by the Army. What they DIDN’T have that the ARMY DID was Artillery. So how good is your spiffy AR-15 going to be in defending you against a drone-launched Hellfire missile? So the notion that a ‘Citizen’s Militia” armed only with firearms, stands any more than a snowball’s chance in Hell against today’s military or even our militarized police force is ludicrous on it’s face. As for Israel training the Einzatsgruppen of Tomorrow as detailed in the srticle, they’re just pissed off that the Nazis stole their thunder. To me as an old China Sailor and Precision-guided and nuclear weapons specialist, Master Race and Chosen People are Same-Same Pidgen to ME. Besides, the question I always ask Israeli Revanchists is this,

    “How does that whole “Chosen People” thing work if the mitochondrial DNA shows that we are ALL from AFRICA?”

  5. Another thing missing from the Native resistance was communication. Which is the main reason the US outlawed the Ghost Dance, among others. It was spreading like wildfire between Native nations. Hence the current struggles by the Establishment to control the internet.

    Also, the Allotment Act, combined with the Indian Education Act, were two policy initiatives that attempted to extinguish the native cultures. One, to parcel out land to each family – so that they could sell it to the White farmers sprinkled throughout. The other, to forcibly remove the children from the area and indoctrinate them.

    There’s something about the whole ownership-society aspect of (big L) Libertarians that reminds me of children who haven’t learned that there’s more to life than “mine”. While ownership and liberty are not mutually exclusive ideas, many have come to equate them. I think that ownership of self does not require singular ownership of resources and we are wise to share and build our environment as commonly as possible.

    There’s nothing inherently wrong with warrior aspects of culture, as long as it comes with a realization of what the battle really is. The picture painted in this article is perceived using our pre-existing understanding of the unfair situation in Palestine/Israel. So, it is easy to imagine that these kids are not getting a responsible experience/education. The comparison to Hitler Youth is applicable in that sense.

    Those kids may grow up to own more than their parents, but that won’t mean they are free.

  6. “Hitler new that to control people you had to disarm them. In 1932 he did just that when he came to power. All genocides are preceeded by banning and confiscating weapons from the people.”

    This isn’t true. Who does the killing, and are they using bare hands? ‘Hitler’ didn’t slaughter millions of defenseless people by himself. In fact, there’s no record of him personally killing so much as one Jew, Roma, or any other from among the Nazis’ list of undesirables. The German genocide machine was staffed by willing executioners, all of whom were armed. Their exploits were made possible (and often directly abetted) by the exploits of patriotic German military regulars, all of whom were very well armed. So the notion that ‘the German people’ were disarmed is patently ridiculous. Beyond that, what Ishmael says.

  7. Very well said Xicha, as always. The Establishment also controlled the media against Native Peoples – creating similar lies to those we see today about what it going on in the Middle East. (As far as the indigenous people go, they felt they were fighting terrorism since 1492 – which an interesting T-Shirt proclaims today). Of course the Native Americans were always wrong, savages to boot – while the financiers were making a profit across the board. It still works today. Will we ever learn?

  8. Right about the media, Dennis. The dehumanizing makes it so much more palatable.

    Couple pictures of Hitler Youth with rifles here:


  9. And let’s not forget this:

    “The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to partner with the Boy Scouts of America to increase the level of citizen preparedness across the country. DHS has asked the Boy Scouts of America to build upon the foundation of the Ready campaign and to help citizens across the country prepare for emergencies of all kinds.”


  10. Xicha, that comment about DHS and BSA reminded me of a news story I saw a while back. Can’t remember the city, but the local police had outfitted young children with uniforms and caps and trained them to keep watch on what drivers and others were doing around the city. The photo was very similar to pictures of the Hitler Youth. They were to report these evil-doers as well as admonish them. I tried with no luck to find the link again.

  11. Hal 9000 says:

    Hey Sibel,

    How come I can’t create an avatar? I’m jealous of Sam Holloway.

  12. Hal 9000 says:

    Sam Holloway makes an important point that I have made many times to others – Adolf Hitler didn’t kill anybody, he got others to do it for him. This is a cold reality of our existence. Too much focus on Hitler and not enough on the millions who gave him power over them. They made a bargain with a devil. The whole process is repeating itself in the U.S. I highly recommend the book “They Thought They Were Free” by Milton Mayer. In many ways, Americans are facing the same choices as the Germans in the 1930’s.

    There comes a time.

    “Fear is the passion of slaves.” Patrick Henry

  13. In Israel it is indoctrinated into the young that they are to kill the terrorists, meaning anyone that is not in agreement with their State’s policies. In the United States it is increasingly evil for the young to be taught to defend themselves while their Police State becomes more heavily armed, unless, of course, they join the military or related agencies that are tasked not with defending themselves but with killing the “terrorists”. It makes you think: Who are the real terrorists in both Israel and the United States – their governments or their people?

  14. @Hal 9000: I think you just need to setup a wordpress blog to create an avatar.

    BTW, I just took a look at Sam Holloway’s blog and read this great first sentence:

    “This is #27 of my little pet issues that I’ll be hysterically obsessing over when I ‘throw away my vote’ instead of doing the mature thing and voting for the lesser of two evils:”

    I like it, although “mature” needed quotes too.

  15. Hal 9000 says:

    Xicha, I applied for a blog on WordPress, but they turned me down. They said “the world did does not need or want me to blog.” Although I’m crestfallen, I guess it’s OK because I would have to give up my username since someone has already taken it.

    Anyway, it looks to me like the BFP administrator could enable “Avatars” because there is a comment on my profile page that reads “Avatar uploads not allowed (Administrator may set on Users » Avatars page).” Some avatars would add a little “spice” to the BFP comments logs.

    My apology to everyone for getting off topic here.

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