Two Israeli reservists came to UNC on Monday to speak about growing up in Israel, serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and their lives after being in the service.
Between the Lines: Hear Israeli Soldiers Speak About Their Life Experiences was hosted by StandWithUs, Chabad of Durham/Chapel Hill and North Carolina Hillel.
StandWithUs is an international Israel education organization. It aims to support Israel around the world through education in the hope of fighting anti-Semitism.
Chapel Hill/Durham Chabad is a branch of Chabad on Campus International, a home-away-from-home for Jewish college students. UNC Hillel is a community of Jewish students that puts on events and provides a place for students to study and spend time.
“It was an opportunity to hear from people who have lived in an area of the world that we hear so much about, but the majority of us do not know a lot about,” said event organizer Zeke Parsons. “I also think that it can help destigmatize Israeli soldiers and show that they are people just like us who have so much more to them than what they appear to be like in the media. This event shows them as young people who are not so different than us.”