Israel’s civil sphere is saturated with hundreds of thousands of small arms. Here, as elsewhere in the world, women are a small minority among firearms holders. However, women here are routinely exposed to firearms on streets, buses and trains, public spaces and in families and homes. In many cases women are threatened by these arms and some of these cases they sustain direct or indirect damages due to these guns’ abuse.
This archive presents a range of voices that are silenced and very rarely heard in Israel, describing some of the damages inflicted upon people who live among firearms, upon their families and communities, and how these effect their lives. Most of the testimonies are voiced by women who, as a rule, are seen as unqualified to discuss “security matters” and firearms in particular. Some are voiced by men. While many of the testimonies focus on dangers and damages, others expose a reality in which the constant presence of is thoroughly normalized and, in some cases, viewed as positive.