Routine: Kinder plagen

In Breaking the Silence erzählen ehemalige Soldaten nicht nur grauenhafte kriminelle Taten, sondern auch ihre alltäglichen Missbräuche. Eben zum Beispiel, wie einer Kinder plagt:

testimony catalog number: 220757
rank: Staff Sergeant
unit: Givati Rotem
area: Hebron
period: 2000

Something else I remember soldiers doing to children. We’d get candy. Similar things happened at Netzarim (Gaza Strip). We’d get candy in our K-rations. We were stationed above a Palestinian home, on guard. The kids played out there and sometimes we’d throw them candy. So one of the soldiers threw them a pack of candy and put a stone inside it. He was really glad to see how they thought it was candy and found a stone inside. They’ll think they’re getting something good and they won’t get anything. Purely a game.

Wie ich schon oft betont habe: an einem andern Ort, in einer andern Position wäre es einfach ein bisschen gemein, Kindern einen Stein in einer Packung Bonbons zuzuwerfen. Als Handlungen eines Besatzungssoldaten gegenüber der ihnen ausgelieferten Bevölkerung säen diese bösen Streiche Hass und Hilflosigkeit, sind vielleicht letztlich für Terroranschläge verantwortlich.

Ein anderer erzählt, wie praktisch es war, palästinensische Kinder zum Einkaufen zu schicken. Erst Jahre später realisierte er, dass die es nur aus lauter Furcht taten:

Yes, yes, everything with money

testimony catalog number: 796288
rank: Staff Sergeant
unit: Givati Rotem
area: Hebron
period: 2000
(…)

So what did you do?
Yes, mostly the children. “Jib al-hubz” (get bread) and pita bread and stuff like that, and he’d get it for you. They’d always get it.

You’d give him money?
Yes, yes, everything with money. He’d bring back change. They were like messengers. We didn’t pay them extra. I remember that I was really impressed with how nice they were. Years later I realized that they did out of fear. A soldier comes to you and asks you to do something, he was afraid of what you’d do to him if he refused. 

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