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Text testimonies The bad cop who scared them or slapped them as needed.
catalog number: 531526
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Paratroopers Anti Tank Unit
Area: Nablus area
period: 2006 - 2007
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The bad cop who scared them or slapped them as needed.
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Paratroopers Anti Tank Unit
Area: Nablus area
period: 2006 - 2007

Once, I remember, we were in some house, the Shin Bet Security Service was doing what was necessary, we left the house and forgot something there, I don't remember what. So we talked to the people [whose house we were in] first and wanted to ask where the thing we forgot was and my commander slapped this guy, so he would, like, tell him where it was.

Did he understand you? I don't remember specifically what it was, but he understood, yes. In the end we left with what we wanted. Of course it wasn't necessary, that slap, but it happened… There’s this process of sorts, when you enter [a house], the person [you're looking for] isn't there and then the family starts telling you some story and there's violence, it’s more like little slaps, more degrading than painful.

Like a field investigation? Sort of. We weren't certified to do it, and weren't told to do it, but it would just happen because that's how we were used to work. It wouldn't happen consistently, but it would happen every so often… Like somebody's dad would get this little slap meaning: "tell us where he is, cut the bullshit," something like that. We also had this routine of good cop, bad cop. Whoever spoke Arabic was the good cop, and there was someone who enjoyed it, so he was the bad cop who scared them or slapped them as needed. That would happen, yes. It would happen to those arrested and their families. It's a very degrading thing because it's the father, in front of the family, they can object to it, and then you, as a soldier you feel that you have to protect yourself, or get what you need, and then you slap them once. Personally, I never did it, but I've seen it. And that's how you gradually pass through.