Thank you for your donation to Breaking the Silence
Amount:
25
50
100

250
500
1,000
or enter an amount:
ILS
EUR
USD
GBP

Pay with Paypal
One time
Monthly
Checks

Checks should be made out to “Breaking the Silence” and sent to:

POB 51027
6713206 Tel Aviv

Money transfer

“Breaking the Silence”
Account number 340219, Branch 608 at Hapoalim Bank

SWIFT: POALILIT, Arlozorov, Tel Aviv

IBAN:
IL88-0126-0800-0000-0340-219

U.S. / U.K. Tax Deductible

US/UK tax deductible donations can be made through our account at Israel Gives (U.S. and U.K. Tax Deductible).

For more information

info@breakingthesilence.org.il

Sign-up for our newsletter
submit
Read our past newsletters
menu
Newsletter Twitter Facebook YouTube
חיפוש מתקדם
קטגוריות דרגות יחידות איזורים תקופות
401st Brigade Mechanised Infantry7th Brigade Mechanised InfantryAir ForceAlexandroni Reserve BrigadeantiaircraftArmored CorpsArmored Corps 75 BattalionArmored corps 7th brigadeArmored Corps reconnaissance Unit, 401st BrigadeArmored Corps reconnaissance Unit, 7th BrigadeArmored Corps, 188 BrigadeArmored Corps, 401 BrigadeArmored Corps, 500 BrigadeArtilery 9305Artillery CorpsArtillery Corps - Miniature UAV unitArtillery Corps - Target AcquisitionArtillery Corps, 402 BattalionArtillery Corps, 404 BattalionArtillery corps, 405 BattalionArtillery Corps, 411 BattalionArtillery Corps, 55 BattalionArtillery Corps, Meitar UnitArtillery Corps, Moran UnitArtillery MLRSBinyamin Regional BrigadeBorder PoliceCaracal battalionCheckpoint M.PChemical Warfare BattalionCivil AdministrationCivilian PoliceCombat intelligenceDuchifat BattalionDuvdevan UnitEducation CorpsEfraim BrigadeEgoz Reconnaissance UnitEngineering CorpsEngineering, 601 BattalionEngineering, 603 BattalionEngineering, 605 BattalionErez BattalionEtzion Regional CommandGaza RegimentGivati - Rotem BattalionGivati - Shaked BattalionGivati BrigadeGivati Engineering UnitGivati Reconnaissance PlatoonGolani BrigadeGolani, 12 BattalionGolani, 13 BattalionHaruv BattalionIDF SpokespersonInfantryInfantry Commanders AcademyIntelligenceJudea and Samaria RegimentJudea Regional BrigadeKarakal BattalionKfir BrigadeKherev BattalionLavi Battalionlook-outMaglan ReconnaissanceMechanized InfantryMilitary CourtMilitary PoliceNachal engineering UnitNachal Special ForcesNachshon BattalionNahal Anti Tank UnitNahal BrigadeNahal HarediNahal Reconnaissance PlatoonNahal, 50th BattalionNahal, 931st BattalionNahal, 932nd BattalionNaval Special ForcesNavyOketz Canine unitOtherParatroopersParatroopers Anti Tank UnitParatroopers engineering UnitParatroopers Reconnaissance BattalionParatroopers Reconnaissance PlatoonParatroopers, 101st BattalionParatroopers, 202nd BattalionParatroopers, 890th BattalionReserve Batallion 5033ReservesReserves - 5th BrigadeReserves - 7490 BattalionReserves - Civilian CorpsReserves - Jerusalem BrigadeReserves - Mechanized Infantry 8104 battalionReserves 455 Armored CorpsSachlav UnitSamaria Regional BrigadeSamur - Special Engineering UnitSearch and Rescue Brigade (Homefront Command)Shaldag Reconnaissance UnitShimshon BattalionSouthern CommandSouthern Gaza Regional BrigadeYael ReconnaissanceYahalom - Special Engineering Unityamas
שדות חיפוש חופשי
קטגוריות
דרגות
יחידות
איזורים
תקופות
Text testimonies The Jewish community has an interest to recruit the army to its ranks
catalog number: 431229
Rank: Captain
Area: Hebron
categories:
19  views    0  comments
The Jewish community has an interest to recruit the army to its ranks
Rank: Captain
Area: Hebron

The Jewish community wants you to feel comfortable there so badly, they pamper you, they bring you a lot of cookies and a lot of stuff, and you’re pampered, pampered, pampered. Because if they don’t do it, the soldier will eventually ask himself more and more, why am I here protecting these people? Why are they here? The Jewish community has an interest to recruit the army to its ranks.

And how do you, as a commander, fit into this? I tried to stick to orders and regulations.

That are? Not to arrest anyone who shouldn’t be arrested. Sometimes there was a situation that Patrol 30 (patrolling the western part of the Kasbah in Hebron), somewhere, would run into a group of ten little kids that started cursing Arabs going by, or telling the patrol: “arrest them,” “check them,” all sorts of stuff. In these situations, I understood that the problematic element was these kids, and I would drive them away or call the adults to take them away. And that’s the same kids and parents that later bring me the cookies. It's clear to me that it creates a difficulty. And I’ll say even more: the Jewish community really wanted to come into the base. We told them: guys, you can’t come in. So there would be some distance. You want to bring me cookies, fine, but nothing more.

The guys from Patrol 30 you just mentioned, do you think there’s any chance that the fact they received cookies from the kids affected them?

In a case when a Jewish kid throws a stone at the Arab houses below – since the kid is Jewish and is one of us, and since it’s the same Jewish community that gives us the cookies – then when the army, my soldiers, my squad commander, find themselves facing this kid, their attitude will be completely different than their attitude towards a Palestinian kid that throws a stone at the Jewish community. A Palestinian kid that throws stones at the Jewish community is grabbed by force, taken away, checked and put under arrest. A Jewish kid that throws [stones], will be scolded, "no, no, no, don’t do that," [or they] tell his father that he shouldn’t do that. That's it, basically. In a different situation I did the same thing with Palestinian [kids].

And where is the soldier who receives the cookies in all of this? He’s even more confused, because he has both his personal story, and the story he’s told by the army: now you’re here in order to protect the Jewish community. And what actually happens is that these cookies actually do have an effect. To invite the soldiers for the Friday night dinner when they stay at the base, to invite them to eat dinner at Chabad house, so that they get a better meal than the one the excellent cook can fix at the kitchen of Mitkanim [post]. Today, in retrospect, you ask me if I think there’s an ethical problem? Yes, I do. I’ll say it openly, yes, I do believe that it affects [the soldiers].