Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Video from the war in Lebanon

I have not watched this video yet, but Yoni the Blogger posted about it a while ago. It is about 25 minutes long. Click here for a larger version.

Update: Here is the original post of the video and some background on it. From On The Face blog:

Itai Anghel

During the third week of the Israel-Hezbollah war a fascinating report was broadcast on Uvda (Fact), a highly respected investigative news show hosted by veteran journalist Ilana Dayan.

Itai Anghel accompanied regiment 931 of the Nahal Brigade (infantry) to a battle that took place on the night of August 6-7 in Houleh, a Hezbollah-controlled village in Lebanon that is about 2 kilometres north of the border with Israel. Anghel documents the fierce battle that took place using a camera equipped with a night vision lens. I think it is quite possibly the most significant piece of reporting to come out of the war.

Itai generously sent me a link to his report that includes English subtitles. You can watch it below (length, 25 minutes).

A few things to know before you watch: With the exception of the officers - Avi Dahan and Biche - all the soldiers are reservists in their 20's and 30's who did their three-year mandatory army service (ages 18-21) in the unit; in other words, they are civilians who responded to emergency call up notices. A small bit that was edited out includes an exchange between Itai and the reservist with glasses, during which the latter explains that in civilian life he lives on a kibbutz and leads nature hikes. There are a couple of minor errors in the translation but they don't detract from the impact of the report, which is compelling and intense. Note especially Itai's observation, in voice over narration, at the very end. (I won't spoil it for you, but I think it says a lot about how people can draw very differing conclusions from the same events).


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