There was an operation in the company next to mine where they told me that a woman was blown up by a fox [Explosives used to break through doors and walls], her limbs were smeared on the wall, but it wasn’t on purpose. They knocked and knocked on the door and there was no answer, so they decided to open it wet. He put down a fox and just at that moment the woman decided to open the door. And then her kids came over and saw her. I heard about it during dinner after the operation, someone said it was funny, and everyone cracked up, that the kids saw their mother smeared on the wall. That’s an example. I was also screamed at by my platoon in our Achzarit [“evil lady,” is a heavily armored personnel carrier that is mostly used by the Golani Brigade] when I thought about giving the detainees we had with us some water from the platoon’s canteen—the field canteen, twenty- four liters. They said “What, are you fucked in the head?” I don’t know what their reason was, but they said: “Germs, come on.” In Nahal Oz there was an incident with kids who’d apparently been sent by their parents to try to get into Israel because their families were hungry, to try to find food or I don’t know what. Anything like that, it’s a hunt, fresh turkey. We did a patrol at Nahal Oz. There were fourteen- or fifteen-year-old boys, I think. I remember a boy sitting blindfolded and then someone who everyone knew was a jerk came and hit him, here.
On the legs.
And he spilled some oil on him, the stuff we use to clean weapons, I don’t remember where.
Did anything happen?
He did it in the middle of the company, but there was no officer to see it. I said something to him in the moment, but I didn’t yell at him and I didn’t tell my officer that he did this and that. Theft was very common as well. Souvenirs, flags, cigarettes.
The commanders and officers didn’t notice it, even though it was common?
I think they did, and if not, my company commander knew because I told him.
And what did he say?
Good that I brought it to his attention.
And was it stopped?
I don’t think so. It wasn’t stopped.
Earlier you brought up the issue of slaughtering animals.
It was during one of the operations in the Achzarit, even the first, I think. The company sergeant major was commander of one of the APCs, and there were horses and sheep there, maybe even donkeys, and he sprayed bullets with the MAG out the window and maybe even ran them over, I don’t remember. He shot the animals.
Did anyone ask any questions?
No, it wasn’t in my APC, but I know about it.
How do you know about it? Can you repeat the story?
The whole company was in the APCs there, or in the houses where the operation was—first of all, I think I saw dead sheep, things get mixed up in my head. Someone told me that someone shot them. During the operation we talked about what happened, and he told me about shooting the sheep. It wasn’t something I needed to verify, it didn’t sound illogical that it happened.
Was it a one-time occurrence?
I think so.