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Text testimonies Something like four, five times a week
catalog number: 881794
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Paratroopers
period: 2003 - 2004
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Something like four, five times a week
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Paratroopers
period: 2003 - 2004

Our headquarters were at the regional brigade, and we’d go in every time for ambushes.

When you say “every time”, you mean… Something like four, five times a week. Arrests, ‘straw widow’ procedures (temporary commandeering of a house), ‘disturbance’ procedures (intentional disturbance of the peace by the army).

How many X’s does the company have? (Soldiers mark X on their weapons to signify a person killed) Hmm…we have 11 armed, I think. And something like four, five kids.

Four, five kids? To the extent that, at some point, they informed us that since we’d taken down only four kids, they were giving our company tasks, because we were known as a company that doesn’t hit innocent civilians.

Who informed you? The company commander said it was the brigade commander. We get tasks because we know how to be selective and we don’t hit innocent civilians.

But these are “only” four kids… Only four kids.

And these four kids were killed when? Between December and May.

Between December and May – four kids. It’s a company of 60 people that know how to separate… There was an operation, it lasted two and a half weeks, the entire brigade went into Balata. Each time for a few days. Going in and out. I think that just there, the brigade, we took down a lot of civilians. Every time we’d get newspapers and I’d see that an old man was killed. We didn’t even know about it. They didn’t tell us that the nearby force had taken someone down. “An old man and four children were killed in Balata because they entered a battle zone”. Now, you’re there, you know what a battle zone is.

What is a battle zone? I don’t know. The papers say that Balata is a battle zone. There weren’t too many shooting incidents there. But a battle zone is… I don’t know… Soldiers shoot so it becomes…