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Text testimonies In order to intimidate
catalog number: 881643
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal, 50th Battalion
Area: Nablus area
period: 2012
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In order to intimidate
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Nahal, 50th Battalion
Area: Nablus area
period: 2012

The entire routine there was characterized by Israeli presence in order to intimidate. Many times we spent afternoons at the Beitot junction or in the area, just to sit there, with our goal being to create a sense of being chased. That was the goal on the mission sheet: Creating a sense of being chased among the Palestinian population. In the beginning, we would take it very seriously, go in with helmets and weapons and sit in ambush mode, surveying. The Palestinians look on in boredom like, “There are a few soldiers in the olive grove,” they tolerate it. Towards the end we would come, walk the 100 meters from the safari (an armored transport truck) to the ambush location, throw down our weapons, our helmets, “Yallah, where’s the crossword puzzle.” It was totally just “Here, we are at the entrance to the village, look at us.” Sometimes it was more about stopping people – if someone suddenly passed by, stop him, take his ID, make him lift his shirt. It was just making contact with the population. During the day we weren’t in the village, we were just outside, in between.