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Text testimonies A boy with a horse
catalog number: 730159
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Oketz Canine unit
Area: Qalqilya area
period: 2007 - 2008
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A boy with a horse
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Oketz Canine unit
Area: Qalqilya area
period: 2007 - 2008

There was an incident at the checkpoint, on the road. I was there in training, and some 12-13 year-old boy passed by with his horse and cart. His horse looked sick and skinny, in bad shape. The Border Policeman stopped the boy, and they told him to leave the horse and cart by the side of the road. He took him to his guard booth and slapped him around a bit in there.

The boy? Yes. I remember there were slaps, nothing serious, really violent. I didn’t understand why he was doing it. And then, after detaining him for a while, they sent him home and confiscated his horse on the grounds that the SPCA should be called. It was very hard for me to see. I couldn’t understand what gives the IDF the authority to make such decisions, to decide whether to take the boy’s livelihood or his father’s livelihood, to get involved. Your mission is not to save the animal world, it’s to prevent terrorism and dangerous things. Taking a little boy and pestering him for no reason – not for no reason, the horse was in bad shape – but it didn’t seem justified at all. I remember that I had a really hard time with it.

Do you have any idea what happened to the horse afterwards? No.

Did he remain at the checkpoint? Yes. I remember that he stayed there.