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Text testimonies Shooting releases nerves
catalog number: 47978
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Paratroopers
Area: Hebron
period: 2002
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Shooting releases nerves
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Paratroopers
Area: Hebron
period: 2002

We occupied several houses in the northern part of Hebron, just because they were situated above the road which settlers used. It was just across from some Palesitnian police post inside Hebron, and every time there was a bullet or two in the air or in our direction, something totally without taking aim, we'd hear from Hebron that young soldiers, at times in the absence of an officer, simply get on radio… Say they were being fired at, and get busy at their weapons… There's a heavy machine gun there on the porch, a grenade launcher, two marksmen… And they would start ripping the city apart. Spraying. Sight unseen. It was a kind of madness. No one attached any importance to it; the city was like a shooting range. Finally, everyone would sit down, tally. One took down 10 street lamps, the other smashed 30 glass windows, one concentrated on car tires. This way each was…

At which designated area was this?Hebron… the Mitkanim base and Tel Rumeida are inside Hebron, and outside of Hebron there was another post. They would really rip the city apart. Sight unseen. Illogically… Never ask any questions. Once they really ripped at it all night. Shot like crazy. The next morning no one understood what was going on. The whole porch was full of empty cartridges. Like people finished up a month's ammo supply. The brigade commander arrived, nothing special really. All that had triggered it were two shots at the house from town. No hits even, and this whole floor is covered with cartridges. And the brigade commander sees this and doesn't ask, "What the hell were you shooting at?" These bullets went somewhere. These things are simply tolerated. Where did all those bullets go… The commanders, too, no one raised questions like, "All that shooting was for nothing? What were you doing firing a whole month's ammo supply in one single night?" And they shot just for the hell of it. Not targeting. Nothing. This is something you don't do. When you're afraid. . .People just shot and shot. I saw that in the story you tried… Because it's a game. Just a game.

Specify. A guy who hears something like this cannot understand what it does to you as a person. Is it a release?Shooting releases nerves. Simply relieves, and it feels like playing video games. Just like video games. No one was thinking about what they were doing. The meaning of it. That if he now smashes a window pane of a home just for fun, maybe there's someone inside that home.

How does it get to a point where a person can shoot at houses and feel as if he's playing a video game?You lose touch with reality. This was during Defensive Shield. You stay in the Territories for 21 days and then, at best, either you spend a few days at home, or you're in maneuvers at Beit Lyd, and then you go again for 21 days somewhere. You're totally out of touch and you're no longer thinking. You're not objective, you don't live your normal life.