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Text testimonies Qurans from Qalqiliya
catalog number: 92347
Rank: Other
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Qalqilya area
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Qurans from Qalqiliya
Rank: Other
Unit: Nahal Brigade
Area: Qalqilya area

When I came to the 50th as a young, wide-eyed NCO, I came to Kela base and no one was there from the battalion, the whole unit was out in Qalqiliya on some mission. When they came back, it was the first time I actually saw everyone. I did the rounds of the different companies, all smiles and happy, hung around the soldiers and talked to them a little and saw that almost all of them had these prayer beads, these bead-chains that Arabs have, and these small Qurans. I asked them, "Where did you get these?" They said, "What do you mean? We've just been to Qalqiliya now, we took souvenirs from homes." So as a young, wide-eyed soldier, I go in for an interview with the battalion commander the next day, and he asked me, "How do you find the battalion so far?" I said, "Fine, except that I've seen soldiers of the advance-guard company with prayer beads and Qurans from Qalqiliya which they'd picked up as souvenirs."

Who's the battalion commander?***. He got very annoyed right then and there, nearly threw the table and called up the advance-guard company commander. The company commander said, "I've never seen this girl, she's lying, making it all up. No way! My soldiers wouldn't do something like that." The battalion commander hands me the phone and I tell the company commander, "Listen, it happened." He answers, "Who are you, anyway? You little punk, you don't understand."

Who was the company commander?***. He yelled at me, really yelled, and that was that. I left the battalion commander's office and from that moment I was ostracized by the advanced-guard company. For four months I couldn't go in there. Their commander let the whole chain of command under him know that the education NCO is a rat-fink and she informs the battalion commander, and that's how they saw me. For four months I couldn't go into the advanced-guard company for any purpose whatsoever, even plain work. I remember we had to collect pictures of soldiers for a battalion evening, and the company refused to let me have them because I'm a "rat". They spat at my feet for having ratted to the battalion commander. I remember this being a serious shock; at the very beginning.