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Text testimonies The absurdity and chaos of the war
catalog number: 22461
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Armored Corps, 500 Brigade
Area: Deir al-Balah area
period: October 2000
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The absurdity and chaos of the war
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Armored Corps, 500 Brigade
Area: Deir al-Balah area
period: October 2000

Where did the Intifada catch you?In October 2000 we were in training, and soon enough were rousted to Gaza for what was supposed to last 2-3 weeks, lasted about six months. In the beginning it was it was more or less okay. We were in Netsarim, like in the settlement, and sometimes we would go out. It was the absurdity and the chaos of the war, but not things I would talk about now.

What activity, routine Security?

You secured Netsarim?We did.

As Infantrymen?Not as infantrymen, with tanks, and also as infantrymen, and from time to time we would go out on all kinds of missions.

Such as?I don't know if this was a counter-attack - if they fired then somebody would decide that you have to attack, or you escort a settlers' armored vehicle coming in or out of Netsarim.

How did the fact that you were armored corps find expression? There are tank posts that do surveillance.

And if a tank-post is fired at?Depends on when, depends on the commander. There were all kinds of open-fire instructions. Some were strict, some less strict. Sometimes they were authorized by the brigade commander, sometimes by the company commander, sometimes by an officer. Sometimes people would simply fire and report about that they were firing, hey, all's well. With us it didn't happen often, but I saw people around us doing it, all kinds of other corps.

You saw people around you shot at and return accurate fire?Not necessarily shot at. They just fired, no reason, then reported it like it was a proper thing. Hey, if the firing is a proper thing, then it's a proper thing.

What kind of actions did you take part in?I'm a tank-driver, so, when we weren't securing a settlement as infantrymen, what I did was drive a a tank.