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Text testimonies Our time in Tekoah
catalog number: 723789
Unit: Artillery Corps, 402 Battalion
Area: Bethlehem area
period: 2008
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Our time in Tekoah
Unit: Artillery Corps, 402 Battalion
Area: Bethlehem area
period: 2008

In Tekoah we had a serious mapping operation where we seized a house inside the village and it served as our HQ. I think there was a family that was locked in some other part of the house, I don’t know what it was exactly. Where we were was bare concrete, it was a part of their house, and I think they were held inside the house. I don’t exactly know where they were detained and how many people there were, but I do remember that during the operation, it lasted two days. They were locked inside that part of their house. During our time in Tekoah, things heated up there once, in the Arab village of Tekoa. I remember that once, the battalion commander had live ammo and he detected movement. I think he fired live ammo.

Did he hit anyone? He doesn’t know. I think he said he may have hit him, I don’t know. But he simply loaded his gun with a live ammo magazine and fired. I think he aimed at the legs, but I can’t really say. There was a real escalation, riots, so then there was the day we went in [to the village].

Was this a response to demonstrations? I think so, yes. I guess.

Do you remember how it went? We were assigned to designated areas. There were teams, the artillery batteries would do it. They’d get a designated area of houses and their job was to enter a house and sketch its structure. They would go in, draw the house, and conduct searches inside while they were at it.

What happened to the inhabitants during that time? I don’t exactly remember the procedure, whether they were gathered in one room or not. They weren’t taken out of the house. They would be held together and one of the guys, his job was to keep watch over them. I remember the battalion intelligence officer working on this a lot. Some book we took along with us, both to Tekoa and to Jayyous. That was one of the battalion’s achievements on duty.