Thursday, October 4, 2012

Shuffling through the Israel Defense Forces: Party Rock is in the House Tonight


Ok, I just had to share this. My best friend, who lives in Israel, has three kids in the army. The oldest just made a movie of his experience as a new recruit and set it to the Party Rock anthem. It's becoming a hit on You Tube and made the Israeli newspapers. Apparently the army authorities weren't too sure about Ron's movie, but they have since 'approved' it - so take a looksee for yourself. A lot of news in the world is so heavy and negative - this kid's message is about enjoying life and I think we could use a little levity.

Go Ron!


Party rock is in the house tonight
Everybody just have a good time
And we gonna make you lose your mind
Everybody just have a good time

23 comments:

  1. "Every day I'm shufflin'" It's so funny with those big ole' army boots.
    Nice. Very nice! Thanks Amanda.

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  2. Not really sure what to say. So l'll pass. Not my experience of the military.

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  3. Dear Amanda, i thoroughly enjoyed this - what a great idea and what a great twist to put into an otherwise somber and deep serious experience.;) Loved it.;) And as you now, I have a soft spot for people in the military.;)
    Hope you have been well;)
    xoxo

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  4. amanda))) i have such a complicated reaction to this but this is important, that we all react to this, or rather respond.

    what i take from this is that there are human beings, young, sentient, passionate human beings in difficult situations that filter out into all society. (we are so lucky in the west to not be physically exposed to war on a daily basis. i don't know that we can begin to understand.)

    i can not reconcile war. i can not understand the wilful engagement in violence on either side. (which side is ever the right side?) i do not understand this side of humanity. i see a gun in a person's hand and no matter the intent, i think we as humankind have gone wrong. whose job is it to correct violence and how do we correct it? i am not saying that the military is right or wrong, but only that i can not understand or accept when we choose violence.

    either there is something lacking in my brain or...i don't know what...

    but here the young man chooses to dance...but i can not let myself lose sight that he dances with a gun...

    i come away from the video happy for the boy's levity but sad that such situations exist in the world to demand our vital and passionate children to be so engaged.

    much respect and love)))

    xo
    erin

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    1. me too erin. i'm sad that such situations exist in the world to demand our kids be so engaged.

      in israel army service is compulsory. of my friend's 3 kids who are currently serving in the army 2 are girls (or more accurately, young women). on weekends they all come home for shabbat, leaving their guns by the barracks door and their boots by the front door of their home. i don't know how to reconcile the fact that this is the way of life there. the history of this part of the world goes way back and is unfathomably deep to delve into here. i wanted to show how one young man has chosen to infuse this with a touch of levity and as such - with his own sense of humanity.

      thank you for your words and your sensitive insights erin - they are always welcome here. xo

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  5. I can see the joy, the fun, the "I'm the same I used to be!" anthem in this video and it actually gives me courage, sends me a strong message: Underneath all the harshness and business of a war machine there are real human beings who have a need to dance, to be joyful, and themselves.


    That this kind of video had to be "approved" gives me a lot to think about.

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    1. agreed, rosaria - you've captured the essence of how i viewed this as well, and your insight brings tears to my eyes. underneath all the harshness and 'business' as you so accurately say - of the war machine, are human beings with a heart and soul needing to dance, be joyful and be themselves.

      the approval part does not surprise me at all - in fact it is actually quite remarkable. the IDF wouldn't want any video showing life on the inside released without their approval. the fact that they did approve it makes me think somebody in the system has a sense of humor.

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  6. I had to share that clip with my husband because he loves the military, and he loves that song! :)

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  7. Makes preparing to be shot at and blown to pîeces, or do the same to others, almost enjoyable. Would Zorba have agreed?

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    1. paul, i'm not sure what zorba would think, but i know at the very least he would have enjoyed the dancing ;)

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  8. It's an enjoyable video despite the fact he's a soldier and has a gun. Sometimes you have to look beyond all that.

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  9. I too loved this and loved watching him, but didn't lose sight of the large gun in his hand, praying that he doesn't have to use it. Ever.
    He's quite the dancer and I hope he keeps that happiness and freedom forever.

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  10. Man can this boy dance!

    Did you expect the contradictions of comments? In some ways this reminds me if what I know about many/most Filipinos: earthquakes, floods, they smile through it all.

    And the message if peace. Hell yes. No guns in no hands. I wish.....

    Love love Amanda
    kj

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    1. honestly kj, i was a bit surprised by some comments, but seeing as this is my dear friend's son i obviously have an insight into the situation that is unique. once i took a step back and saw it as others might who are not familiar with the background circumstances, i could appreciate why seeing a kid dancing with a gun might strike people as something other than what was intended. as always i appreciate hearing everyone's viewpoints....the wonderful part of the blogosphere.

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  11. Ron's a brilliant dancer. I admire the Israeli army for taking it in a good spirit. I'm sure it's a moral booster for the troops. At college I had a friend who had served in the Israeli army to hold her dual citizenship. As a girl, she wasn't on the front lines. I just hope this experience won't turn him from a fun loving boy into a cynical man. These aren't easy times to be serving there. One does what one has to do to survive it.

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    1. after much apparent debate, the IDF did see the inherent PR benefits of Ron's video. Your friend's experience is typical in that women don't generally serve on the front lines, although I know some choose to do so.

      I will pass along your compliment about Ron's dancing - he's been hounded by the Israeli press since the video's release as well as an onslaught of dubious attention from groupies via facebook ;) — however I feel fairly confident his army experience won't change his basic fun-loving personality.

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  12. For some reason I can't play the clip... :-( My curiosity is killing me!

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    1. agnes, i've pasted a link here so maybe this will work:

      Shuffling Through the IDF

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  13. Excellent! (But I also empathise with the comments re guns and kids etc)

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  14. compulsory. even this is a word too difficult to reconcile. holy holy.

    and so what to do inside of compulsory but dance? (oh, jesus, i can not imagine seeing my children necessarily going...)

    xo
    erin

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  15. Happened to come across this (almost half a year delayed...) Thanks for the post, Amanda!

    Interesting comments... Seeing how foreign the concept of the IDF is to non-Israelis. As an American-Israeli, I have a foot in both worlds and can identify with both viewpoints.

    In any case - I haven't had to use my gun, and I haven't lost that joie de vivre that I enlisted with. If I feel bold enough a year and a half from now, when I get released, I might even venture to make a sequel... ;)

    Thanks again for the share, Amanda. Hope all is well!

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