Soldiers' Testimonies from Hebron 2005-2007
Breaking the Silence
Publisher: Breaking the Silence
Year Published: 2008
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX23028
A booklet of testimonies from combatants who served in Hebron between 2005-2007, describing how IDF soldiers were required to exert absolute, daily and almost limitless control over the Palestinian residents of the city.
We conducted fake arrests.
What do you mean?
A fake arrest, that's what we carried out. We did not actually make arrests.
Yes. It was a major issue, brought up some really hard feelings. At first we didn't really
know how to cope with it. We didnt know if it was legal or not.
What was it?
A fake arrest is basically a training move, to practice arrest procedure in order to
be able to carry it out. Again, to intimidate, deter Palestinians, to say: This here is
army. So that will be the next day's talk around the Palestinian neighborhood. Now,
intelligence gives us the name of someone who is in fact okay, no problem at all,
nothing on him, and we go and conduct an arrest at his home. A seemingly regular
arrest, in every way.
You went with this all the way? You picked up the person?
We picked him up. The commanding mobile unit would pick him up, drive around
with him, and then bring him back home.