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Palestinians celebrating the film of Tamar Yarom, Hebrew U: [ePalestine] FILM & ARTICLE: To See If I Am Smiling

The article follows her bio

Dr. Tamar Yarom


Dr. Tamar Yarom was born in Jaffa in 1971.  She graduated from the London Film School in 1999.   Dr. Yarom is currently a professor in the college of the arts at Hebrew University.  She has made two films.   The first one, Sob Skirt, is based on her experiences serving in the IDF during the Second Intifada.   The second one, To See If I’m Smiling, is a documentary which focused on the testimonies of six female soldiers who served in the IDF during the Second Intifada.   Both films have a political agenda of trying to portray Israel’s presence in the Palestinian territories as that of a cruel occupation where Israel systematically abuses Palestinian human rights.  


Dr. Yarom admits that she coordinated with B’tselem as part of her work during an interview that she gave in Croatia. According to NGO Monitor, “B’tselem has faced serious criticism for its misrepresentation of international law, inaccurate research, and skewed statistics.”   B’tselem regularly minimizes Israeli security concerns and deliberately chooses to not report on human rights violations that happen within mainland Israel.   The executive director of B’tselem, Jessica Montell, believes that the situation in the West Bank is worse than apartheid and one former employee of B’tselem, Lizi Sagie, compared Israel to Nazism, claimed that Israel exploits the memory of the Holocaust for political gain, and called Israel’s Memorial Day a “pornographic circus of glorifying grief and silencing voices.”  











----- Original Message -----
From: Sam BAHOUR
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2010 8:12 PM
Subject: [ePalestine] FILM/ & ARTICLE: To See If I Am Smiling (A MUST VIEW/READ)

"...I served there because my parents brought me up on the values of Zionism, on the idea that wherever I'm most needed is where I should go. I wanted to make a difference and I'd do it again despite everything." 

Doc-Debut, a series on Link TV

To See If I Am Smiling 

Israel is the only country in the world where 18-year-old girls are drafted for compulsory military service. In the award-winning documentary To See If I Am Smiling, the frank testimonials of six female Israeli soldiers stationed in Gaza and the West Bank pack a powerful emotional punch. The young women revisit their tours of duty in the occupied territories with surprising honesty and strip bare stereotypes of gender differences in the military. The former soldiers share shocking moments of negligence, flippancy, immaturity and power-tripping as they describe atrocities they witnessed and participated in. 

The psychological transformation that these young women underwent as a result of military service is both upsetting and riveting. The culture of war transforms people: personalities change, moral codes are subverted, values are supplanted and masks are constructed to dull the pain of what they did and didn't do in uniform. 

The 60min film is at:

and the Ha'aretz article on the same is at:
Slightly long but well worth the read.


Sam Bahour is a Palestinian-American businessman and entrepreneur who moved with his family to the Israeli-occupied West Bank in the 1990s following the signing of Oslo Accords to become involved in developing the economy of the future Palestinian state.

Bahour was born in Ohio in 1964 to a Palestinian father and Lebanese-American mother. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1989 with a degree in computer technology, and subsequently worked for several American software firms, before moving to the West Bank in 1995.

Since relocating to the West Bank, Bahour has been involved in numerous business development initiatives. He was part of a group of businessmen who established the Palestine Telecommunications Company, the first private telecommunications company in the Middle East. He also founded several private businesses, and has been behind a plan to open the first Western-style shopping center in thePalestinian Territories. In addition, he earned an MBA in a joint program between Northwestern University in Illinois and Tel Aviv University in Israel.



ePalestine is the mailing list of ePalestine.com. It is where I frequently post news from Palestine. As a Palestinian-American living and working in Ramallah/Al-Bireh, occupied Palestinian territory, I cover the issue from both a Palestinian and American vantage point. Most postings will be either eyewitness reports, opinion editorials or newsworthy items not readily located in the mainstream media.

Sam Bahour




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