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Text testimonies Who's going to monitor the Border Patrol?
catalog number: 87694
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Bethlehem area
period: 2005
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Who's going to monitor the Border Patrol?
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Bethlehem area
period: 2005

When we were in Bethlehem, I met a captain of the Border Patrol, it was during kitchen duty and he was having a 15-year-old-like high, explaining to me how smart he is and how he gets at Arabs who annoy him. He said to me, "I wouldn't lift a hand against an Arab openly, never, but I have no problem killing Arabs." What does that mean? "Simple. I come in my Border Patrol vehicle, stop by the shop or home of some person, shake his hand, kiss him on the cheek, sit down for coffee with him on his veranda. Two days later the guy's gone". You see? Now, the Border Patrol in Bethlehem is the unit that gets into the insides of the insides, they're in places where no one can see them. Machsom watch is great, they monitor the checkpoints, but who's going to monitor the Border Patrol inside Palestinian alleys? Show me. I don't know who. Now, and I'm telling you not about some 19-year old soldier who hates Arabs. This is a captain of the Border Patrol, a guy who's got responsibility in his hands, an officer. He's been in the army for some years now. If this is how he behaves, then I guess that's okay. I mean, had I not known better, this would give me legitimacy for anything. Why not?