Did the soldiers talk about taking things from homes or from checkpoints? From soldiers at checkpoints, I often heard that they bought lots of stuff cheap. I remember someone who was close to me saying “What, you can get that at the checkpoint for next to nothing. Sure, there are whole truckloads of it”. I can tell you that I heard that several times.
Did you hear about soldiers getting gifts from people crossing the checkpoint? I often heard that they were given food or cigarettes.
From Palestinians going through the checkpoint? I think that’s what they meant, or that they took cigarettes. I remember stuff like that being said, that life at the checkpoint was free of charge. I always asked them what it was like to be at the checkpoint, because sometimes I’d even stop there for a while, at the entrance to Tul Karm or to the army base, to spend some time with the soldiers there, ask how they were. It felt kind of like… They weren’t having a good time, but it was a kind of attraction. They preferred being at the checkpoint than being inside the war-room in the post. So it seemed very logical to me. It didn’t seem too strange. A kind of pressure, The soldiers were tense there.
Still, they enjoyed it more there. Yes. I guess it meant more action.
Do you recall soldiers walking around with prayer beads? Yes, there were two or three who had them. I had no idea what it was, so they explained to me that it was for [Muslim] prayers. To this day, I don’t really know much about it, but there were a few. I remember that’s where I understood what it was.