Although we returned home to England nearly a week ago, I am still coming to terms with some of the stories I heard and situations I saw on our delegation. I am expecting my experiences are going to take a long time to process. As I try and return to ‘normal life’ by catching up with friends, returning to work and sorting through my emails I often find myself drifting into memories of particular people we met during our time in Palestine, and the stories they told us.
A number of emails I received during the delegation are helping me through this – reminding me of what we did, who we met and organisations whose work I want to keep up with. At the moment these seem insurmountable. However, as I slowly start to sort my way through them, a link sent to me by someone we met stands out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSlQ98r5QXo .
The link takes you to a film made by an ex-IDF solider who was asked to make a film about his experiences. It is truly mind-blowing and creates more questions, than answers. I am starkly aware that nothing we saw was as bad as described on the video. However I was very aware of the harsh reality during the delegation, and even more so now. I hope some of you will take the 25 minutes to watch this video. It really is worth every second.