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Text testimonies It was a horror
catalog number: 21535
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Armored Corps, 500 Brigade
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It was a horror
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Armored Corps, 500 Brigade

As a tankist you have much less contact with the population than other corps. There were a few raids like, I don't know what. . . me, at some stage I decided that I'm not, I said to my commanders, I'm not prepared to go out of the post, I'm prepared to defend it, which I'm not sure was such a good idea, like maybe it would have been better to be outside, as long as I'm there anyway. All those raids, I didn't join in 

?This happened following whatI think, following all the events with this commander (at an earlier stage of the interview the interviewee spoke about one of the commanders in the company, who fired shells into a populated area and staged an attack on the post, and more).

Only with that commander?Yes. I'm not even sure if I've gone to the company commander and said, "I'm not". Simply when something had to be done I would come - I was a veteran so I could choose what I want to do - I would come to the officer in command and say, "Listen, I'm not going, do what you . . . " and it was not convenience considerations. Even when people went on leave for two days every two days and everybody left the post, I preferred to stay in.

What's your over-all feeling about serving in the territories? It was a horror. First of all, you're in a tank, a man wakes up in the morning and sees a tank five meters from his home, which is an unpleasant thing in itself. Moreover, truth is, there were some checkpoints I did with border-policemen who didn't treat people very nicely.

How so? In a humiliating way, not like humans. They yelled at them . . .

Where was the checkpoint?Near Gilo, I think. It was in some checkpoints that we did, it was really a very temporary assignment, just a day or two. Somewhere near Jerusalem, I don't remember where.

Do you do reserve service? I decided not to do reserve service in the occupied territories.

If your company assemble to go into the territories, wouldn't you go? No. ( . . . ) All in all, it made me feel bad, the whole story, and I think it sunk in more in retrospect. I mean, when I traveled abroad and got perspective. Nobody knows what's happening and what to do, and it really makes people do immoral things one way or another. It's very difficult to be moral there. There's always a dilemma. If you want to perform the assignment, to prevent a terrorist act, you are liable to injure the rights and the human dignity of the Palestinians. In short, I found out that in no way am I for the occupation.