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Text testimonies A child needs to learn his lesson
catalog number: 693049
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal Anti Tank Unit
Area: Hebron area
period: 2012
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A child needs to learn his lesson
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal Anti Tank Unit
Area: Hebron area
period: 2012

We entered a village, were pelted with stones. We were on the way to some place and had to go through there. We were pelted with stones, they tore us up. You know what noise it makes inside the wolf (armored transport vehicle)? We got out really quickly and confronted them. They had no idea we were coming. We grabbed a kid who was pelting stones at us. They all managed to run away, abandoning the little kid. Twelve years old, real cocky, resisting. Cursing the mother of my team commander. You don’t hit him, he’s a little kid. You don’t get physical either. You sit him down, “Sit and shut up, we’ll take you soon, now let us find your friends.” We also caught this, like, gross undocumented worker, totally smelly. His family works him to death I think. We caught him and arrested him, a 13-year-old kid. What are you going to do, throw him in jail? We took him to the post. The Shin Bet said to us, “Teach him a lesson, educate him and get rid of him in two hours.” We brought him to the post in Tarqumiya. In Tarqumiya we used to bring them to us upon catching. They told us, “A child, what can you do with a minor? There’s nothing you can do.” You take him, keep him in the post for two hours, hope it will teach him a lesson not to pelt you with stones next time, and you know it may not help at all. Two hours later we brought him home. How didn’t he run upon the first chance he had? We sat him next to the base security guard, [if he] would have escaped, we would have caught him without any trouble. We may have handcuffed him, I don’t remember. You know, a child needs to learn his lesson. He was really cheeky, he also resisted and tried to hit us. They have no education, they have no humanity for the people there. Their parents, I don’t know what they tell their kids. And we’re totally cool with the good people there. You stop a person at a checkpoint, first thing you tell him “Good morning.” You’re polite, you speak nicely to him, with dignity, like he’s a human being.