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Testimony - 'Provocation and reaction'

[2014] - An Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes the tactic of 'provocation and reaction’. 'Provocation and reaction’ is the act of entering a village, making a lot of noise, waiting for the stones to be thrown at you."

Testimony - "Israel made its presence felt"

[2013] - An Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how the army "made its presence felt" in a small Bedouin community. "We arrived at some Bedouin tent that was really out in the middle of nowhere."

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 - '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."


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