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An Untamed Israeli Soldier Tells the Truth - and His Commanders Rush to Deny It

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An Israel Defense Forces soldier is caught telling the truth, and his commanders are already rushing to deny it. But long-term journalistic experience teaches that soldiers lack filters of propriety, because they are still young and not yet completely tamed, and because they aren’t aware of the fact that their role as guardians of the loot and defenders of the looters is patently not proper. They spout what they hear in the corridors, between the tents and in the jeep speeding along on its way to carrying out orders.

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In October 2018, a soldier at the Coordination and Liaison Office in Jericho answered an Israeli activist, who asked: Where are the shepherds from the Samra hamlet who were detained by soldiers – and why were they even detained. The shepherds were already released, about an hour after being detained, the soldier informed the caller, explaining that this was a form of punishment “with greater deterrence, so they won’t repeat the things they did.”

What are the shepherds doing? Grazing their sheep. And the soldiers? Obeying. And what order are they obeying? If the shepherds in question are Palestinians – to chase them away, along with their sheep and goats. Or, in the words of the truth-speaking soldier: “They were walking with their sheep and blocking a road, and when they were asked to leave they refused. That’s the report I received.”

Because Palestinian sheep have not yet learned to digest asphalt, or even gravel, we can assume that they weren’t actually blocking a........

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