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Text testimonies This son of a bitch has to die
catalog number: 396586
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal, 50th Battalion
Area: Hebron
period: 2015
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This son of a bitch has to die
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal, 50th Battalion
Area: Hebron
period: 2015

At Erez Alley (part of the Worshippers Route, a trail that settlers use to go from Kiryat Arba to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron), [where] I was standing, it was, I think, the most powerful experience, because I was standing in this place where I could only see one more soldier and he was pretty far away and other than that I was alone, a soldier alone. It’s a kind of narrow alley on the way to the Tomb of the Patriarchs and I’m there, with the mission to guard and make sure everything is cool. I get to a point where I’m totally alone, getting instructions and that’s it. And my commander walks the whole route, wandering, and we just stand in these kind of points (posts). And plenty of Jews would walk by, and occasionally there would be something. They would also sing these kind of songs where it seemed like they were being provocative: “Long live the Jewish people; the eternal nation does not fear a long journey” (two well-known Jewish sayings and songs often sung by right-wing nationalists), these songs of: “We’re here, pay attention, look.” They would walk to their prayers with Israeli flags. Like, I didn’t see this, I didn't see this in other settlements I happened to be [stationed at], where they would walk to their prayers with an Israeli flag.

Why do you think they do it?They want to make [their] presence felt in front of the Palestinians, I think. I didn’t ask them. To show [that] “Here, we’re here, this is our area, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, we bought it many many years ago, it’s written in the Bible and this is our place so we’re allowed to be here.”

You keep saying “something,” can you describe it?There was this time when I was in that alley, people would come up to me and tell me: Just so you know, this house you’re in standing in front of, it’s someone’s house, a terrorist who was released under the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange (a controversial prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas that took place in 2011, in which an IDF soldier held in Gaza was exchanged for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails).

Who says that to you?The Jews. They’d kind of swear, they would say: this son of a bitch has to die, give him a bullet to the head when you see him come out. Give him two bullets, a bullet between the eyes, that shit, you should know he’s [a] released [prisoner]. Like, it’s something that’s known, it wasn’t [just] one person who said this to me, there were a few people who walked past and told me, like: just so you know, that’s the terrorist, if you see him – fuck him up. That kind of thing. There’s nothing much I can say [to them], I just stay silent. Let them pass. Those are the orders too, not to create drama. If you see that there’s something going on between Palestinians and Jews, then report [it] and like make sure that everything’s cool, but don’t react to too many comments from either side, don’t react.