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Perth woman talks of her Gaza experience
Elle Shmuel spoke to members of the Perth community of her experiences in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.
The 21-yr-old who was born in Melbourne but moved with her family to Perth at the ages of six was educated at Western Australia’s only Jewish day school Carmel School.
Shmuel spoke to a packed house at the Chabad WA Synagogue telling them she made aliyah when she finished year 12 and was conscripted to the IDF.
She said that there were only a handful of women among the thousands of soldiers that had entered Gaza.
Elle was a paramedic attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant and became a member of the first combat engineering battalion to be called to the South of Israel. Staff Sergeant Elle knew that she could not stay behind while her soldiers went to battle, and volunteered to join the entering company. Her bravery and commitment have been reported as being exemplary.