The Story of
Shani Hila Tamir
Photographed with Sharon Adam
Israeli champion triathlete. After Operation Protective Edge she decided to enlist in the mixed combat battalion "Jordan Lions". Military service was difficult from the outset, both mentally and physically, from the basic training stage, through training, to the attitude of the commanders. Despite the difficulties, she completed her basic training with honors and went on to a radar course.
"I aspired to be a chief of staff, but unfortunately, I saw along the way that there was resistance to my presence from men and I also felt harassment from the command staff. I went through a form of hazing which was humilitating and after which I just wanted to die! At one point, I lost consciousness for three hours and was taken by ambulance to the hospital and on the way I had a severe epileptic seizure. My commanders, told me they thought that I was acting. I woke up many hours later in the hospital, and from then on my life turned upside down. I developed bulimia, was in a serious car accident, and a friend abandoned me in the middle of the crisis. I was hospitalized and became anxious. Today, despite dealing with epilepsy and post-trauma, I am a psychology student, a fitness trainer, and I teach many children learning processes.
Doing these activities has eased my recovery. I write songs and dream of passing on the story of my life."
Photo: Ronen Fadida
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