THE SONG THAT ROCKED THE FOUNDATIONS OF ZION

 
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Excerpts of translation  … (found at Jerusalem Post Blogs)
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To learn to kill
is a matter of momentum
you start small and afterwards, it comesYou patrol all night
in the Casba of Shchem
Hey, what here is ours
and what is yoursAt the beginning just an exercise
a rifle butt smashing on a door
Shocked children
Unnerved family

And after, the closure
This is already danger
Death lies in ambush
Behind every corner

He cocks the rifle
The arm shakes
The finger stiffens
Close on the trigger

The heart goes wild
Beating nervously
He knows next time
It’ll be easier

They are not a man or a woman
They are but objects, just a shadow
To learn to kill
Is a matter of habit

To learn to fear
Is a matter of momentum
You start small
And afterwards it comes…

We are but a small group
And they so many
A small state
Eaten by enemiesIn their hearts only hate
An evil urge and darkness
To learn to fear
Is a matter of habitTo learn cruelty
Is a matter of momentum

It starts small and afterwards comes…
The cousin (the Arab) is an animal
Already used to seeing blood
He does not feel the suffering
Is not humanIn field uniform and a skin rash
Exhaustion and regular action
From idiocy to evil
The path is shortOnly for us, only for us
Is the Land of Israel
To learn cruelty
Is a matter of habit

…Come home, child
Come home
Home
Home

To learn to love
Is a matter of softness
With a careful step
In a cloud of grace

To be for just a minute
Just now, only today,
On the other side
Of that checkpoint

But our hearts are hard
And the skin so thick
Deaf and blind
In the bubble of the present

In amazement we’ll see
The falling angel
To be a caring human
Is a matter of habit…

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This song is banned by IDF order

By imposing censorship on the song, Army Radio proved that every word is true, and chose to conceal the truth, to whitewash the reality and to pat ourselves on the back.

By Uri Blau

About two weeks ago, during one of the holiday meals, I happened to sit next to a young Jerusalemite who has been serving in the Border Police for the past year. Between courses we talked about his service in the Arab villages around the capital. He spoke about his inspections of the Arabs he encounters, about tying them in tight plastic restraints “so it will hurt them,” about the fact that he doesn’t allow the Palestinians he detains to go to urinate, about his friends who were arrested after it was discovered they had stolen money from Palestinians without legal permits to be in Israel, and other similar stories of heroism.

It was impossible to bridge the gap between the pleasant holiday atmosphere and the guy’s descriptions. It was also clear that none of those present wanted to hear or think about what he was telling us. When I asked him why he behaves that way, he explained that in the past the senior commanders gave almost unquestioned support to the activities of the fighters, but today there are stricter limitations on them. Shooting incidents are investigated, he said, so we have to find another way to cause them to be afraid of us, to understand who’s in charge, who’s the boss.

I have known that soldier since he was a boy. I also know his siblings and his parents, and I can assume that the process of dehumanization he describes so offhandedly, he underwent during his military service.

A few week ago singer Izhar Ashdot released the title song of his new album, “Inyan Shel Hergel (A Matter of Habit ) written by his wife, Alona Kimhi. Ashdot sings what the border policeman told us: “To learn to kill is a matter of momentum, you start small and later it comes… First it’s only a drill, a rifle barrel bangs the door, children in shock, family in panic… The heart goes crazy, beats wildly, he knows – from now on it will be easier. They’re not a man, not a woman, they’re only an object, only a shadow. To learn to kill is a matter of habit… To learn cruelty is a matter of momentum, it starts out small and later it comes. Every boy is a man, eager for victories. Hands behind your head, legs apart.”

On Sunday, Yaron Dekel, the head of Army Radio, decided to prevent the song from being played on the station. “Due to the content of the song, which demonstrates scorn for Israel Defense Forces soldiers, the chief of Army Radio decided that there is no room on Army Radio to openly celebrate a song that condemns and scorns IDF soldiers and those who sacrificed their lives in defense of the country,” announced Army Radio.

Under Dekel’s baton, the Army Radio station introduced a new slogan to its broadcasts: “What’s happening now.” Until this week the slogan sounded simply hollow, but the censorship of Ashdot’s song proved that it is also the opposite of the way Army Radio operates. In his decision, Dekel did exactly what the public wishes, as reflected in the responses to the song’s banning. What’s happening now is that many people don’t want to know, don’t want to hear and don’t want to think about what’s being done in their name and what happens to their children when they don a uniform and are transformed from boys into an occupying force.

But Dekel is a journalist rather than Army Radio’s public relations agent. He is supposed to report to his listeners what’s happening on every patrol by soldiers and at every checkpoint manned by Border Police. “Our heart is already coarse and our skin is so thick, deaf and blind in the bubble of the present,” sings Ashdot. By imposing censorship on the song, Dekel proved that every word is true, and chose to conceal the truth, to whitewash the reality and to pat ourselves on the back. That’s a mistake and it reinforces an image of what’s happening that is definitely not what’s happening now.

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8 Comments

  1. yisraelmedad said,

    October 16, 2012 at 10:19

    was that from my translation of the lyrics? a little credit,, eh?

  2. desertpeace said,

    October 16, 2012 at 10:25

    Sorry about that, I found the translation at Jerusalem Post Blogs, I didn’t realise you wrote it.

  3. yisraelmedad said,

    October 16, 2012 at 10:27

    no problem. it’s my blog: http://blogs.jpost.com/content/one-song-our-soldiers-wont-be-marching

  4. Blake said,

    October 16, 2012 at 20:31

    Their whole psyche is extremely disturbing and worrying.

  5. October 18, 2012 at 04:00

    [...] THE SONG THAT ROCKED THE FOUNDATIONS OF ZION!  by http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/  Excerpts of translation  … (found at Jerusalem Post Blogs) * To learn to kill is a matter of momentum you start small and afterwards, it comesYou patrol all night in the Casba of Shchem Hey, what here is ours and what is yoursAt the beginning just an exercise a rifle butt smashing on a door Shocked children Unnerved family And after, the closure This is already danger Death lies in ambush Behind every corner He cocks the rifle The arm shakes The finger stiffens Close on the trigger The heart goes wild Beating nervously He knows next time It’ll be easier They are not a man or a woman They are but objects, just a shadow To learn to kill Is a matter of habit To learn to fear Is a matter of momentum You start small And afterwards it comes… We are but a small group And they so many A small state Eaten by enemiesIn their hearts only hate An evil urge and darkness To learn to fear Is a matter of habitTo learn cruelty Is a matter of momentum  It starts small and afterwards comes… The cousin (the Arab) is an animal Already used to seeing blood He does not feel the suffering Is not humanIn field uniform and a skin rash Exhaustion and regular action From idiocy to evil The path is shortOnly for us, only for us Is the Land of Israel To learn cruelty Is a matter of habit …Come home, child Come home Home Home To learn to love Is a matter of softness With a careful step In a cloud of grace To be for just a minute Just now, only today, On the other side Of that checkpoint But our hearts are hard And the skin so thick Deaf and blind In the bubble of the present In amazement we’ll see The falling angel To be a caring human Is a matter of habit… * [...]

  6. October 18, 2012 at 14:35

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