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Text testimonies Sometimes they fired into the school
catalog number: 466372
Unit: Givati - Rotem Battalion
Area: Hebron
period: 2013
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Sometimes they fired into the school
Unit: Givati - Rotem Battalion
Area: Hebron
period: 2013

At the 160 Curve, where the Border Police’s yellow gate is, near the Tomb [of the Patriarchs], they [Palestinian kids] used to throw stones. There’s a school there. Every morning there was a downpour of stones in the direction of the cars taking the right-hand turn.

From inside the school? From the school’s gate.

Who are they throwing stones at? Theoretically, they’re throwing stones at the Border Police, but if they can get close enough, than [they’re throwing stones] at the civilians' cars driving down.

And how do the Border Police officers react to the stone throwing? By shooting stun grenades and tear gas at the kids. Sometimes they fired into the school, most of the time it would land in the school courtyard. Once someone fired into the school. The principal tried to assume control but it didn’t really work. It was a bit of a sensitive situation… In the end, they’re kids. Those throwing stones weren’t any older than 12, 15 years old. It wasn’t guys with face masks throwing Molotov Cocktails like they show in the movies. It was just little, obnoxious kids. The problem is, it can really kill someone and that’s why it can’t be treated leniently. We knew that the minute we caught some kids, their parents would make them stop throwing stones. It’s the only way to deal with kids in general.

What do you mean "that’s the way?" That’s what they told you? Yeah. The battalion that was there before us carried out an operation, came and hid in the alleyways in the middle of the night. They [the kids] came to the school, started throwing stones, and they [the soldiers] were behind them and caught 12 kids at once. A fight started, this was a battalion of the Kfir brigade. That stopped everything, because the moment they arrested 12 kids, their parents….

When you did that, did you catch children? Yes, we did.

What do you do with them? We got there, too, did a limited operation. There was an alleyway that led directly to the school gate and there was an abandoned house there, so we went there at night, entered the abandoned house, stood guard. No one knows we're there, they're throwing stones and we are actually behind them. And then what happens [is that] a few [Palestinian] guys came in, started throwing stones, and all at once we start running towards them and then there’s tons of kids running in all directions. They managed to catch around three children, 8, 9, 10 year-olds, something like that, and then we took them with us to the Red House (referred to as the “House of Contention” by the media, the “House of Peace” by the settlers, and "Rajabi House" by the Palestinians. Combines a military base and a residential compound for settlers), and it got messy because one of the Sheikhs came.

How do you take them? Into the patrol [jeep]. Grab them, a kid, you know, some of them start to cry. In the end what happens with these kids [is that] we take them – because it’s kids and it’s stone-throwing, and everything is backwards in Hebron – so we take them to the Israeli police, I don’t even know why. They took them to the police, their parents got a fine and that's how it ended, and then they released them.

The kids were sitting in your post? Yeah. They sat there for an hour or two until the police car came. The Israel Police work very slowly, as you know. So until the police woke up, finished their donuts and came. And that’s it. Obviously, [since] they were kids they weren’t blindfolded. I just sat them on the chairs facing the wall so they couldn’t see the post, not that it’s a big secret, but nonetheless.