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Text testimonies Settler kids with hammers
catalog number: 118000
Rank: Other
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Hebron
period: 2005
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Settler kids with hammers
Rank: Other
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Hebron
period: 2005

Let's say because of it, by the way, their Rabbi came to speak with us.

What does that mean?One guy, a Rabbi there, came to speak with us.

Do you remember him?No.

It was from the army?No, he came to speak with us. He wanted to speak with the Jewish soldiers. We also wanted to talk. We are people, kids from youth movements, people who want to talk, Jewish guys. No, I'm saying it seriously, not cynically. Really, really, we are interested in conversation. And people left in the middle, people got angry.

Now, why was there a discussion with him?Because of the kids, there was the story with the house.

What, that they tried to renovate it?Yes, which they destroyed.

The Sharhabti house?The Sharhabti house.

When was it? How long ago?Two years ago, but it lasted like a year, it lasted even after we were there. So the Sharhabti house there, the issue is the kids are a very powerful force there. The story isn't mine, other people's story, is that kids suddenly went up on the roofs and threw rocks at them and cursed them, kids abusing elderly Arabs and throwing eggs and rocks at them. The kids in the Sharhabti house.

How did they do it?There wasn't a single adult there. The kids got hammers and just broke through. I have a picture of the Sharhabti house which was, a month later. How a wall, a wall of an Arab house, built, I don't know, in the Turkish period, at least half a meter thick, how from a small hole there just isn't a wall. And with hammers. Kids, tens of kids with hammers. Real persistence. At night, you hear bang, bang, bang, you really hear it. An IDF force, we had a force which had to, was just attached to the Sharhabti gate. An auxillary company, a completely operative force, was just pinned to guard so that the kids wouldn't come with hammers. And you know their parents send them. That's why we had a talk with him, because you know everything comes from the parents, everything come from the adults. Everything comes, the kids also talk to you. You sand there guarding, in the street, like guarding, and there is there, about every ten meters a post. And kid comes with you, he says, "You are Nahal, you are left-wingers, the bad Arabs. There are Good Arabs, there are Jewish Arabs which are Israeli Arabs, and there are Arabs you have to kill, which are the Palestinian Arabs." You get it, it's not from them, you understand what's going on there. You understand, and there are stories, my buddies ran on roofs chasing after kids who threw at them, and how they fought with the kids. (…)

How did you get to the Sharhabti house?I was sent to reinforce the guys. It was guys who enlisted in March – there were March guys there and I was sent to reinforce them.

So what happened with the Rabbi who came to speak?I wasn't at the discussion. I was just there at the end. I remember people leaving angry. People leaving, just saying there isn't anyone to talk to.