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Testimony - 'We haven't mentioned the Jews in Hebron'

[2007] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes seeing an Israeli Border policeman breaking a Palestinian’s leg. "This Jewish kid walks along, an Arab kid passes by, boom, the Jew kicks the Arab kid."

Testimony - 'The guys are bored, they want action'

[2007] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how soldiers would deliberately cause trouble in a Palestinian village when they were bored by throwing stun grenades into the a mosque.

Testimony - 'Whoever is slow to run - gets beaten up'

[2007] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes soldiers beating children with clubs during a clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint. “There was this incident where an ambush was put up."

Testimony - "Jeans and a red shirt"

[2007] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how after a stone throwing incident the army would arrest children who most closely resembled the description they were given, even if they were not sure.

Testimony - "Can't tell right from wrong"

[2007] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how is commanding officer placed a loaded gun in a 14-year-old’s mouth and threatened to shoot and how patrols with beatings occurred on a daily basis.

Testimony - "Things that can still be changed"

[2007] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how a shackled and blindfolded boy wet himself. “We had this checkpoint for Palestinians at Ofer Prison, the interrogation facility."

Testimony - "Some hours at company headquarters"

[2007] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how his commanding officer cocked his weapon in the face of a nine-year-old boy suspected of throwing stones.

Testimony - 'Things happen, what can you do?'

[2006] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes how a fellow soldier accidently shot a child during a riot. "Riots we’re in – we were told to shoot, of course, if anyone throws a Molotov cocktail."

Testimony - 'A 12-year-old boy'

[2006] - A former Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which he describes chasing a group of 12-year-old boys. "On one of the patrols it grew into a mad, mass riot where we chased some three kids from house to house."

Testimony - 'Total helplessness'

[2006] - A former female Israeli soldier provides a testimony to Breaking the Silence in which she describes how her views about the treatment of Palestinians hardened as her compulsory service progressed.


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