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Testimony: "They say to you, 'you're supposed to defend me, not them'"

[2012] - An Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes blocking Palestinian roads in the West Bank so settlers could march. "I remember there was a procession of settlers."

Testimony - 'A kind of game'

[2011] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how the army suppresses Friday demonstrations in villages like An Nabi Saleh. "On Friday morning we went out to the village."

Testimony - "A moral occupation isn't possible"

[2010] - An Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence explaining why he chose to speak out. "A moral occupation isn't possible. I think another necessary thing is for people to understand the effects it has on the society in which we live."

Testimony - 'Desparate shaking'

[2010] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how his unit took it in turns to shake a boy they had detained in order to make him stop crying. "Once there was a stone-throwing incident at Gross Square."

Testimony - 'Everything's fine'

[2010] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how his commanding officer beat a child for refusing to pass through an x-ray machine. "People were saying all the time that they beat Arabs for fun."

Testimony - 'That's what they understand'

[2010] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how Palestinian children need to be “slapped around a bit … because that’s what they understand”.

Testimony - 'I couldn't care less'

[2010] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes being indifferent to children soiling themselves in the back of military jeeps. “Did you happen to arrest children?”

Testimony - "Mapping"

[2010] - An Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes ‘mapping’ Palestinian homes in Hebron. “During patrols inside the casbah we'd do many 'mappings’."

Testimony - Shuhada Street, Hebron

[2010] - An Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes three settler children hitting an old woman. “The Jewish settlers of Hebron constantly curse the Arabs."

Testimony - Until someone comes to pick them up

[2010] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes arresting, shackling and blindfolding children in the West Bank. “On your first arrest mission, you’re sure it’s a big deal, and it’s actually bullshit."


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