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Text testimonies I took an oath never to go back there
catalog number: 22018
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Hebron
period: October 2004 - November 2004
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I took an oath never to go back there
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Hebron
period: October 2004 - November 2004

What do you take with you from Hebron?Me? Especially frustration at having nothing to do about it. Frustration at what I saw there, that whole phenomenon called Hebron. Frustration at having nothing to do about it. You can tell your friends and talk about it later in the movement, tell people what Hebron looks like and what you did there. And the story about the kids, that really seems surreal, that you conducted a body search on a first grader, and that the little kids run out on a Satruday morning, at six o'clock, to harass Arab kids, and let their dog loose at them. You tell those stories and talk about your frustration but you can't do too much about it. I don't know, even when you do, people see you as a bleeding-heart, as if I'm only seeing things from one side. I'm told: You only see their side, and with all due respect, they hurt us and kill us and have plenty to account for. And that too stresses me out. Because they, too, not just in Hebron, because in Hebron somewhere the Jews deserve to be hated by them like that. But the Palestinians teach (their kids) to hate us and that we should be killed and that we… You see? It's like pretty equal, this thing. They do it to us, we do it to them. I'm sorry about this, what can I tell you. I left Hebron with such hard feelings. I tell you, really, I sort of took an oath never to go back there. I really don't want to ever see that place again. As I said, I looked it up in the internet and saw the pictures…

I said that too, but it didn't happen.So far it has. When the story with Yifat Alkobi came out and she shouted "whore!" and all, friends of mine told me there was supposed to be some demonstration in Hebron and asked me to come. On the one hand I had a strong urge to go and thought: I'm going there. I'm going there because this doesn't make sense. It's such an outrage. Not the part of religious and non-religious people. It's an outrage. Forget that it's being shown the world over. First of all, just go. I don't care what the world says. First of all for us, seeing our own people behave that way. Provoking like that. With that "whore!" and all… As soon as the Arabs spit in her face, if you remember the film, they show it on TV. After she shouts "Whore!", the Arab woman simply spits in her face. You look with such satisfaction and say: she deserves that. You watch and perhaps even enjoy it. Really, you watch and say: She deserves this for what she's done. Naturally that's not the best punishment she got, but she got a spitting, something. It hurts me. It really does. Because I come from education, that's why I don't allow myself to behave this way and I won't allow my children either, or the children I educate, and I'm sad to know that's how they're brought up. The kid gets up in the morning, the family, that's he's being taught. That's how it looks. I don't remember, I'm trying to recall other incidents. I think that's what was there. Naturally, there was trouble the Palestinians made. And we detained them, Palestinian kids, who gave us trouble. Then TIPH and the other internationals came and began to tell us how wrong we were, and actually those kids really were out of line. Most of the time it's only us who're blamed, and somewhere there's a sense in that, but on the other hand they should also be judged. It's not just us, it's them too.

Who are "them"?The Palestinians. It's something that has two sides. Every coin has two sides.