Donate Shop Register


Israel Defense Forces soldiers share experiences at UA Hillel Foundation
Israel Defense Forces soldiers share experiences at UA Hillel Foundation


Kevin Brost / Arizona Daily Wildcat
Adam (last name was withheld), speaks about his time and experiences served in the Israeli army and the current state of the nation today at the Hillel center on Tuesday.


By Ryan Revock
Daily Wildcat
February 19, 2013


Kinneret was on her way to deliver food supplies to a widowed Israeli mother, her children and an elderly family member, when she heard the alarm. She began running with the supplies to the shelter where the family was staying.

“It must have been about 10, 20 seconds and I hear the loudest ‘boom!’ that I have heard in my life,” Kinneret said. “I am thrusted about and I lay on the ground and I am still on the ground and I looked up not realizing what happened and I see this huge pillar of smoke.”

The rocket hit not too far behind her and the supplies she was bringing were unharmed by the rocket. Kinneret was able to get the supplies to the family and said she “felt that there was something watching over me [that day].”

Despite being given instructions to immediately go to the nearest bomb shelter if the alarm was raised, Kinneret kept her promise to the family.

Kinneret is one of two Israeli soldiers who spoke at the UA Hillel Foundation about her experiences in the Israel Defense Forces Tuesday evening. For security reasons, the speakers were only identified using their first names.

Kinneret is no longer a soldier in the IDF, but she served as an enlisted soldier in the educational corps and served during the second Lebanon War in 2006, she said.

During the war, Kinneret helped supply Israeli civilians with food and other essentials in areas that were regularly subjected to enemy rocket attacks.

Adam, the second soldier, took the stage after Kinneret.

Adam is a current officer in the IDF, who works as liaison in the military with the Palestinians in Palestinian territories, he said.

Adam stressed that many Israelis do not view Palestinians as their enemy.

“There are terror groups, and there are normal Palestinians who are just our neighbors that maybe someday will be our partners for peace,” Adam said.

Kinneret and Adam are part of StandWithUs, a pro-Israeli, non-profit group that is based out of the United States with offices in other countries as well, according Jennifer Halperin, West Coast campus coordinator for StandWithUs.

The two are on the West Coast tour, which will conclude March 1 after speaking in Arizona, Colorado and California.

“I want them to share their stories and experiences with U.S. students to share the knowledge,” said Shani Kna’ani, UA Hillel Foundation Israel Fellow. “Because a big problem of the Israel-Palestinian conflict is the lack of information the lack of knowledge, the people just hear biased stories from different sides and not really get into details.”

Audience members were able to participate in a question and answer session at the end of the event.

“We are optimistic [about peace], that is all we can be,” Kinneret said.


Read article here

Other stories
7/28/2016
Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., knows anti-Semitism when he sees it. He`s ...
7/28/2016
When Gili Navon first met the Mising tribe, she had no idea it would change their lives fo...
7/26/2016
The Presbyterian Church USA (PC-USA) assembled in Portland, Oregon for its 222 General Ass...
7/25/2016
Former MK Dov Lipman traveled to the US last week to speak about the Boycott, Divestment a...
7/25/2016
A teenage boy from an Arab village in northern Israel told The Algemeiner on Sunday about ...
7/25/2016
In the 1930s in Germany, many caved to the dangerous political agenda of the time. They wa...
7/25/2016
Prof. Nina Tannenwald (“The issue is the occupation, stupid,” Commentary, July...
7/21/2016
For the tenth consecutive year, StandWithUs graduated Israeli students from around the cou...
7/21/2016
Former MK Dov Lipman goes on summer camp tour in the US to teach campers about the fight a...
7/21/2016
Such troubling times all around us. It seems the world knows no rest: Islamic terror reari...
7/21/2016
More than 1,000 high school-aged kids spending their summer at camps in the Pocono and Cat...
7/20/2016
Last summer, my family and I traveled to Israel. It was one of the most eye-opening and li...
7/20/2016
Last Tuesday, the award-winning investigative Channel 10 TV show, HaMakor (The Source), ai...
7/20/2016
Seventy years ago, in the wake of the Holocaust, the Jewish people took a vow: Never Again...
7/18/2016
In response to the tragic deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of po...
7/18/2016
Last week, Gov. Gina Raimondo scored a double win for Rhode Island by signing into law HB-...
7/18/2016
On a rainy Wednesday Shahar Azani nervously paces back and forth while a crowd gathers at ...
7/15/2016
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo passed into law Thursday legislation that forbids doin...
7/14/2016
(Providence, Rhode Island - July 14, 2016) - StandWithUs - Rhode Island commends Governor...
7/13/2016
The Democratic and Republican parties will meet soon in Philadelphia and Cleveland and ado...

 

About Us
Get Involved
Resources
Shop For Israel
Social Media
StandWithUs Websites