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Text testimonies I didn't say anything
catalog number: 39893
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Golani Brigade
Area: Jenin area
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I didn't say anything
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Golani Brigade
Area: Jenin area

I remember we once arrested someone in Jenin. This was rather towards the end of my army service. Our recon unit was permanently stationed in Jenin and the whole time we were lodged in some athletic hall in one of the Ta'anach (inside Israel) villages and would be alerted into the Territories when some arrest or other type of mission was required, which happened every other day or so. In between we'd hang around and sleep. Anyway, we arrested someone and brought him to the Border Patrol base near Jenin, by the Sargel road. It was for nothing, there was no one there to take him because the guy responsible for picking him up was not there, so everyone just falls asleep on the sidewalk in the sun. For some reason, we were not supposed to take off our vests so we just lay there. The detainee, too, sat in the sun on the side and we'd take turns standing guard over him while he remained blindfolded. No one bothered to see that he was comfortable or anything. While I dozed off there, I remember hearing two guys, an older crew, talking, "Hey, how do you say 'bee' in Arabic?" So he'd tell them, and they'd say, "What, is this a bee in Arabic? Like this?" I opened my eyes and saw them actually throwing bumblebees into his shirt. They were simply amusing themselves out of sheer boredom. I didn't say anything, a fact I regret to this day. I was indifferent. I chose not to quarrel with them rather than saying it was out of line. So they went on. There were bumblebees there and they were throwing them into his shirt.