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Text testimonies Those were the days
catalog number: 104535
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Ramallah and al-Bireh area
period: 2000
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Those were the days
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Ramallah and al-Bireh area
period: 2000

It wasn't exactly Qalandiya checkpoint. We used to stand there on the wall of the airport, like, as a support to the guys securing the airport. There were disturbances and we fired, what do you call it. . . Rubber. Rubber bullets and stun grenades, and all day long we played tag with the kids who were throwing stones. We put up booby-traps.

What do you mean, booby traps?Booby traps. Let me tell you something a little funny. We put an ammo case with a stun grenade inside, loosened the safety and put pudding on top, Danny pudding that we'd lifted from the kitchen. Then the kids came, looked at the pudding, and the moment they lifted it the safety opened and the pudding exploded in their faces. This was one thing. I'll give you another example. There was this sofa that they kept moving around all day long. So we booby trapped the sofa with a stun grenade, for instance.

Where was this sofa standing?It was standing in the center, where we were doing . . . There was a regular place where they would throw stones from, and we got fed up with the fact that they were using the sofa. So me and the company commander, who by the way was hurt while doing it, the shock grenade exploded in his face . . . Such things. Those were the days.