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Text testimonies “If you shoot someone in Gaza it’s cool, no big deal”
catalog number: 579669
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Infantry
Area: Northern Gaza strip
period: 2014
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“If you shoot someone in Gaza it’s cool, no big deal”
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Infantry
Area: Northern Gaza strip
period: 2014

There was one time when I looked at some place and was sure I saw someone moving. Maybe I imagined it, some curtain blowing, I don’t know. So I said, “I see something moving.” I asked for fire to be opened on that spot, I opened direct fire and they hit it with a barrage. It wasn’t far, 100 meters from me. We hit it with some Tavor (assault rifle) bullets and that was the end of it. I don’t really know what was in there, I don’t think it was anything.

What were the rules of engagement? There weren’t really any rules of engagement, it was more protocols. The idea was, if you spot something – shoot. They told us: “There aren’t supposed to be any civilians there. If you spot someone, shoot.” Whether it posed a threat or not wasn’t a question, and that makes sense to me. If you shoot someone in Gaza it’s cool, no big deal. First of all, because it’s Gaza, and second, because that’s warfare. That, too, was made clear to us – they told us, “Don’t be afraid to shoot,” and they made it clear that there were no uninvolved civilians.

People located on rooftops, how are they defined? In those cases you report it and fire at the house. There were several situations in which people reported seeing someone. I can’t tell you whether they really did or whether they just imagined it.