Israeli Gush Etzion becomes hot destination for trigger-happy tourists
Israeli tourist site lets visitors "shoot terrorists" in the West Bank
Settlers near Gush Etzion in Israel are offering tourists to Israel a chance to experience what life near the Green Line can be like by providing them an opportunity to “catch the terrorist.”
Visitors can come to this site and listen to stories “from the battleground, watch a simulated assassination of terrorists by guards, and fire weapons at the range,” reported YNet News on Monday.
“Move it!” the Israeli guide is quoted by the news agency as telling American tourists. “Destroy that terrorist,” he orders them. The tourists instantly aim at the cardboard targets with their loaded guns.
The location of the site adds to the adrenaline rush.
The Green Line was set in late 1940s to mark the border line between Israel and the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
According to the website, tourists often appear disappointed when told by their guides that they are not in any danger.
The tourist attraction offers a variety of rifles and fake explosive belts and pictures of smiling “terrorist” targets line the walls.
Shay, who is a guide at Gush Etzion and teaches tourists on the best way to grab hold of an assailant, was reported in the media as saying that he was one of the combat troops who took part in Operation Entebbe, the rescue operation of a hijacked plane in 1976.
The Air France fleet, which had 248 passengers onboard, was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and flown to Entebbe in Uganda.
The rescue mission was carried out by the Special Forces of the Israel Defense Forces at Entebbe and events even featured in the 1977 movie “Raid on Entebbe.”
The range has also some oddities like the presence of visitors as young as five years in age.
Michel Brown, 40, a Miami banker, brought his three children to the range with the idea of “teaching them values,” and letting them “know where they come from and also feel some action.”
His five-year-old daughter, Tamara, initially cried upon entering the range but was seen 30 minutes later holding a gun and shooting her clay bullets like a pro.