Dror Gomel, 36, is a percussionist and special education teacher, who lives in the Beit Kama Kibbutz in Israel’s northern Negev Desert. He, like most other Israeli citizens, did his compulsary military service as a young man, and is now a reservist. Reservists in Israel are required to undergo training and active duty for a few weeks every year.
Ever since I became familiar with this army vehicle, I have been playing it. It just so happens that now my friends decided to film it. The main message is that although we excel at fighting with this vehicle, we prefer to transform it into a musical instrument. If only all the instruments of war would turn into musical instruments.Before publishing this, I thought a lot and consulted with friends about the responses I might get: Am I hurting the image of the IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]? Does the IDF come across looking weak? Do the Israeli soldiers look unserious? Will the message of universal peace translate?
In the end, I decided to publish it because I believe the video sheds light on the positive and human side of the Israeli soldier. If only all the instruments of war would turn into musical instruments.”