RAMALLAH, Jan. 31 (JMCC) - On Friday, the Israeli organization Breaking the Silence released a booklet containing the testimonies of female Israeli soldiers serving in the occupied Palestinian territories. The stories, which have been collected for six years, include the systematic humiliation of Palestinians, reckless and cruel violence, theft, killing of innocent people and cover-ups.
One such testimony is described below:
Because the one child is Jewish and the other is Palestinians, it's somehow okay… and it was obvious that there would be a mess afterwards. And you also don't really know which side you are on…I have to make a switch in my head and keep hating the Arabs and justify the Jews.
In her frustration, the same female soldier told of how she once spit on a Palestinian in the street: I don't think he even did anything. But again, it was cool and it was the only thing I could do to… you know, I couldn't take brag that I caught a terrorists… But I could spit on them and degrade them and laugh at them.
Another female Sachlav soldier told the story of the time an eight-year-old settler girl in Hebron decided to bash a stone into the head of a Palestinian adult crossing her passing by her in the street. Boom! She jumped on him, and gave it to him right here in the head… then she started screaming 'Yuck, yuck, his blood is on me'.
The soldier said the Palestinian then turned in the girl's direction – a move that was interpreted as a threat by one of the soldiers in the area, who added a punch of his own: And I stood there horrified… an innocent little girl in her Shabbat dress… the Arab covered the wound with his hand and ran. She recalled another incident with the same child: I remember she had her brother in the stroller, a baby. She was giving him stones and telling him: 'Throw them at the Arab'.Read more