One time, a soldier who was with me slapped some father and the son punched him, the soldier – what a bad story you’ve made me remember, I can't believe that I'm even... He hit him in the face with the butt of his weapon and almost broke all of his teeth, “what did he punch me for.” Then the discussion afterwards in the company, there was of course an investigation of the incident, he broke the guy's mouth, he hit him with his weapon like that, with the butt into his face, probably broke some teeth. The guy was bleeding there. And then he said to him: “Get out of here, get out of here.” We went back, and I was very upset, I immediately ran to the commander’s office and said to him: Listen, this isn't a snitching thing, I don't know what to do, he hit him in the face with the butt of his weapon, what is this nonsense? I was really afraid of snitching, snitching was the worst. You can’t snitch. It’s like criminals. And the soldier kept saying: What do you mean? The guy punched me. If he crosses that line, we’re telling them that boundaries are being violated. It’s forbidden, forbidden. I said to him: You slapped his father. Do you know what respect is to an Arab, what, do I have to explain it to you? If you slapped my grandmother, I’d also punch you, no matter how many weapons you had in your hand.
What did the company commander say about it?
The company commander yelled at him but that was it, it ended with that. But he yelled at him. He really hauled him over the coals about it. I think it was more you mustn’t leave marks, rather than why did you beat him up. Not why did you slap him, but why did you smash him with the butt of your weapon in his face. That was more of the issue.
That's what bothered him?
Yes, that he bled, because that’s something to go to the newspapers with, you have something to show if you want. It’s more proof, you get it?
Why didn't you go to the newspapers, if you kept threatening?
I don't know. It didn't even seem like something that could actually happen, going to the newspapers.