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Text testimonies They don't regret a single killing
catalog number: 6642
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Engineering Corps
Area: Gaza strip
period: 2003
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They don't regret a single killing
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Engineering Corps
Area: Gaza strip
period: 2003

We were busy exposing a tunnel in Rafah. We went for a house. I shot an armed militant and his weapon fell. He managed to crawl out. . . you see someone was trying to steal the weapon, you fire without seeing the person, so you shoot in some general direction. Dragging the weapon is just the same as carrying it. Although, there were lots of little kids who were introduced to the street to pick up the weapons. Should I tell you there was no preventive shooting at walls? There was preventive shooting at walls. On the way back, no one had any regrets. We were comparing who had fired at the largest number of people. I was ridiculed for not having killed the armed militant, for just having wounded and not killed him. Then the guys started counting how many each of them had killed and they talked about warfare methods. Then someone gave as an example the fact that, before the Palestinians learned the rules of the game, there were times when our guys would take positions and shoot at armed men just running around in the street, and they were so close that everyone was shooting them. So they begin counting off how many each one had shot, and bickering over whose that one was, and whose the other one was. Is this reasonable, humane?! In the Givati rangers, for example, after one of their combatants was killed and six of their men were wounded while entering a house, his team – each one of the men on it already had over ten kills to his name -- people had killed so many people that their mind was completely screwed up. Their mind was so far from there, they had experienced things that I don't think anyone our age should go through. What are you going to say to these people? Each of them had shot someone at least once. They're all terribly professional and make sure he's armed, but terribly glad they'd killed the guy. If it was an armed man, then it's a good deed. In this surreal reality of twenty-year olds, certainly they don't regret a single killing.