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Text testimonies What else was looted?
catalog number: 66860
Rank: Lieutenant
Unit: Other
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What else was looted?

Only now, when I talk to guys who were my soldiers as a deputy company commander, do I realize what really went on then. That people were taking stuff and we didn't know about it at all. It depends on the severity of cases. Whatever was known was severely punished. Really. What do I mean by punished? We did everything that should be done. The battalion commander referred them to Military Police Investigations, and they investigated and inquired.

Were their punishments severe or light?I can't judge that. Let whoever judged decide. I think that punishments given soldier who did that were not severe enough.

What would a person get for looting?A person took money out of a Palestinian's ID.

What a state to find oneself in.The Palestinian had some money he'd earned. He has no wallet, sticks everything inside his ID. So the dumb soldiers…

The soldier took the ID?For inspection, and inside there was money, so he took the money. You get it? He's not stupid, that Palestinian. He complained, he discovered it was missing and it was looked into. So this whole subject came up. We need to take their money? I don't even know how much was in there. I think it was 150-200 shekels. The soldiers got a 30-day jail sentence. Something like that. I don't even know if actually in jail or just a suspended sentence.

What else was looted?Stuff from people's homes, photo-maps of Palestine, knives.

Guys took them as souvenirs? For their own use? Both?Souvenirs. No one would do anything about those. People took blankets. What would you do with a woolen blanket from a Palestinian home, which sorry to say is all stinking and disgusting on top of everything else, but what do you need it for? They took those.

Money? Electrical appliances?I don't think they had so many expensive complex gadgets, but I think there were all sorts of souvenirs taken.

Were there company lootings? Gear for the company, or stuff that the whole company would pick up?Not in my own company. Perhaps in others. I don't know this personally so I can't tell you, but I think there were. People took all sorts of things - everyone knew about it – for their companies.