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Text testimonies The company commander cut a deal
catalog number: 179096
Rank: Lieutenant
Unit: Nahal, 932nd Battalion
Area: Hebron
period: 2014
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The company commander cut a deal
Rank: Lieutenant
Unit: Nahal, 932nd Battalion
Area: Hebron
period: 2014

I once saw a problem solved without violence. There were these Palestinian flags hanging right next to Beit Hadassah. B’Tselem filmed it as well.

The Palestinians hung a PLO flag on their house? [A house] that was very close [to Beit Hadassah]. There are barbed wire fences of sorts between both houses, on their roof. And it drove the settlers crazy. The settlers can’t stand seeing it, they really can’t, and they demanded that the army take it down. There’s a net above the Palestinian Kasbah to protect them from [objects and stones] being thrown at them by settlers. The settlers began to throw stuff into the Kasbah where the net is, and you see the bottles on the net, you see the wooden beams, you see the stones on the net. So they sent a platoon commander with his patrol to take the flag down.

Who sent him? The Company Commander. That’s his mission, the foot patrol's: go take down the flag to put an end to the mess there. “It’s making a mess and we don’t like mess, so stop it.” So the foot patrol went over there and ended up not taking the flag down, because [Palestinian] guys are filming here, and he doesn’t know what to do, and he isn’t about to start a fight now with photographers because the requirement is no violence in front of the camera. [Around the same time] we had, allegedly, an arrest warrant for someone who was simply never home. He escaped, he knew he was going to be arrested. A 12-year-old kid, not some… In short, each time we came to the family, and each time they would say to us: he isn’t here, he’s in Ramallah, he’s in Nablus, he’s here or there. And so we came, my company commander summoned the father (of the wanted child), and one of the activists there who filmed the incident with the flag is a young Palestinian man who organizes the community there, and the Company Commander cut a deal. He said: listen, we won’t come to arrest this kid if you take down the flag.

Are the incidents somehow connected? No, it was the company commander’s initiative. He cut the deal just like a businessman. And they [the Palestinians] said ‘fine,’ and that’s it. The kid isn’t arrested, we stopped going to his house, stopped searching, and they took down the flag.