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Text testimonies Hebron- first shock
catalog number: 61870
Rank: Other
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Hebron
period: 2004
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Hebron- first shock
Rank: Other
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Hebron
period: 2004

When Arafat died I was in Hebron, specifically. I had a surprise early deployment to Hebron.

What does the mean?Arafat died, there were crazy reinforcements, there was a suspicion...No, it was before Arafat died, they prognosis was that he was going to die, they knew he was getting ready to die and they were afraid it was going to blow up the whole thing. So we needed reinforcements for the battalion. All of the IDF needed reinforcements. So they spread out the company, it went as reinforcements. I reinforced for like three days in a school in Hebron, the school up there.

Near Tel Rumeida?Yes, it could be. A school, what's it called?

Cordova?No, no, a Palestinian school that the IDF took control of. I forgot the name. It was my first shock, my first time that I was really in the Territories.

Why do you say shock?Because I went into the school, the structure was of a school. Is it Jabel Juhar? I'm definitely confusing it. Anyway, because it's the structure of a school, which looked like my school, a like national school of a few, of like 3 floors, some 2-3 floors, a lot of classrooms, a lot of whatever, but there was an army inside, a lot of camouflage netting, and a lot of weapons and beds. The sight was surreal and really [I was in] shock. I also saw "Breaking the Silence."

You were at the exhibit?Yes, I was at the exhibit. It was just very strange. It was just a school occupied by the army who turned it into a post. It's like making a synthesis. Surrealists take one thing, Dali takes the face of a young woman and turns it into a room and something strange comes out of it, so you took a an army post, on some of the blackboards there, the chalkboards on the wall, there was still the last Arabic lesson written on it. It was like half creepy, like what's going on here? And pictures of the kids in the school and stuff. I think Jabel Juhar. I'm not mistaken. I am sure it was Jabel Juhar. So I was there. It was ,like, crazy, you walk in the hall, your post is at the end of the hall. The end of the hall like it's get a shock. From that point of view it's a slap in the face.

What did you do there?What did we do? Primarily, we guarded the post. The auxillary company of the 50th (Nahal battalion) was there, they didn't have enough man power, they certainly had more operations going out, so we were there. It's a school, so next to it's walls is also, it's in the neighborhood, in short, you need to stand for three hours, to watch. I was also new, fresh, so you watch for three hours because you are sure that someone can jump over the wall, it's Hebron. It's not a joke.

You didn't get to do anything other than guard there?No.