Editor’s Note: We received this email from ‘David’, who has been writing for us recently, giving us his firsthand account of the fighting in Israel and Gaza. We’ve decided to publish it, with his permission, to give our readers some background on who he is and his motivations as an IDF soldier.

I was born in Argentina to a family that immigrated there during WWII escaping the Nazis from Germany and Poland. Argentina back then, as it is now, was a deeply anti-semite country due to the fact that a lot of the Nazi criminals escaped there after the war, but mainly because of the way that religion is taught there: Jews killed Jesus, therefore you must hate Jews. Simple.

So, I had to battle anti-semitism throughout my childhood.

Back in 1992, a terrorist managed to detonate a bomb in the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. He was aided by Hezbollah and local terrorist groups. I remember the chaos that followed. The video of the explosion was captured by accident by the cousin of my girlfriend at the time, an amateur photographer who filmed wildlife in Buenos Aires.

Then in 1994, again. A van full of tons of explosives drove into the AMIA, the main Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, and detonated it, killing more than 80 people and completely destroying the building. Six of my friends where there. I lived not far from the site so I immediately went there upon hearing the explosion. I began removing debris and pieces of the building and getting people out.

Then the police came and forced us out. It would take the Argentinean government a full 24 hours to mount a rescue operation. More people died. It was the Israelis that came 48 hours later and mounted a proper rescue that saved many more lives.

It’s always the same: Jews die and no one but ourselves care.

The bomb was prepared by local terrorists aided by Hezbollah and Iran. The Iranian diplomatic group left Argentina a few hours after the attack.