Anti-terrorist camps for tourists in Israel
“If someone points a finger at one of us, even one of our civilians, the strong forceful hand of Israeli security will do justice. And we know how to do justice quickly, very quickly.”
Some people might say that Security is the name of the fourth religion of the State of Israel. Just one hour from Jerusalem with the car is where this religion has it’s sanctuary, where tourists and civilians handle real weapons and learn how to react to terrorist attacks.
Caliber 3 is found in Gush Etzion, one of the biggest settlements of the West Bank.
A real and proper academy where soldiers from the special units of the Israeli army, train tourists from all over the world. Women, children and even the elderly come here to learn to defend themselves with arms or even their bare hands and to get to know first hand the people of the IDF.
“We think that anyone has the right to know, to understand exactly how to act on the field, our education is how we train. To understand what the State of Israel’s program is against terrorism, and how they manage to maintain this Nation, one of the most secure in the world.”
The tourists are often of the Jewish religion, and in the majority of cases come from a diaspora community of the United States or of South America, and we met others who came straight form Venezuela.
“In Venezuela there are various armed attacks and there is a lot of danger in the streets, not just on the part of terrorists but also on the part of common criminals…
“I suggest everyone should come here, not only to understand how you manage a weapons but I suggest you understand the mentality that is required when under threat and when under a terrorist attack, you have to be able to react really fast.”
Eitan is an army reserve with over twenty years experience in the career. For a time he worked for YAMAS, the border police who act under cover in the West Bank and in the hottest areas of the country. It is him who teaches the visitors the Israeli Army’s founding values.
“75 years ago we lost 6 million people in the Holocaust, today in 2017, it is the first year that the number of Jewish people is almost the same as 75 years ago before the Holocaust. During the Holocaust we were dispersed all over the world. There was no one state, there was no one sole protective force, no one who could have put a hand on the head of a Jew and say “run, I’m here for you”.
Today after 79 years that is what we now have, we have the Israeli Army, the IDF. This single representative is what we are, We are here to protect the State of Israel.
“Here in Israel we have loads of types of civilians, I am not just talking about citizens, I’m talking about everyone… you even as a reporter, you are a tourist, your life is my responsibility, the tourists, the Arabs, the Muslims, the Palestinians, or those who define themselves as those, the Druze, the Bedouins, everyone of them is my responsibility. What does it mean that I carry a weapon? I was trained here, I protect this land and everyone who is on this land will be protected by me.
This is what makes us one of the most secure armies of the world. The Passion, the History, we know where we come from, and we know what future we want. If we decided to set weapons aside, for God’s sake, in one second the State of Israel would be no more, the Jewish homeland would vanish and what happened 75 years ago would happen again.”
When we tried to ask some suggestions for our politicians on the subject of terrorism they answered like this:
“Wake up! Wake up. I am not talking about a religious war, I am not a politician. My suggestion is: come here, learn, lets coordinate together, because in the end we all want the same thing, to live our lives in peace and serenity. We are here for you guys, we are ready to teach and cooperate, lets do it in an intelligent way and lets do it together.”
Shot by Ilaria Cesanelli