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Text testimonies “As soon as you light a Molotov cocktail – you are free game”
catalog number: 475874
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Lavi Battalion
Area: Ramallah and al-Bireh area
period: 2008
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“As soon as you light a Molotov cocktail – you are free game”
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Lavi Battalion
Area: Ramallah and al-Bireh area
period: 2008

In Ramallah, there’s the Beit El settlement and above it, the Jilazoun refugee camp. Once a night or two, guys at Jilazoun send out kids who throw a Molotov cocktail in the direction of Beit El. None of them ever really reach Beit El. It was always kids throwing. For a while we would lay ambushes there, and once a Molotov cocktail was hurled at one of our force's and they chased them. One of my friends was sitting at Beit El in a sort-of marksman’s post, and a kid came out and threw a Molotov cocktail, and he shot him. The moment they light up the bottle, they're free game.

The kid meant to throw it at the force? No, he was the furthest away, he wasn't endangering my friend who shot him with his marksman’s rifle.

And he killed him? Yes.

How old was the kid? Young, 16 years old. There was a Molotov cocktail being thrown from Jilazoun to Beit El every night, but not in a way that it even reached the settlement or crossed the fence. They weren't Molotov cocktails being aimed at a person’s body or at a vehicle. Nothing. They were stupid kids who felt like protesting.

Do you remember when this happened? July-August 2008. We had lots of X's [Note: Marked on the side of a soldier's rifle, indicating the number of people he's killed] at that time. The battalion loved it. There was am ambush around there where a kid coming up with a Molotov cocktail had his leg blown off. They laid ambush exactly at that spot. Kids came, the soldiers were there, the kids lit a bottle, and they were shot in the leg.

At what range were they standing, when, you say, they were throwing the bottle towards Beit El? A few hundred meters. In an open space between the village and Beit El.