Former Israeli soldier says he was “shocked” when he saw abused Palestinian prisoner for first time, but he became “indifferent” by time.
Speaking to Breaking the Silence, the former Israeli soldier Yanay Israeli, from the artillery cops, said that he was “shocked” when he entered the Palestinian territories for the first time and saw a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian prisoner.
“I was a young soldier,” he said in a video testimony recorded by Breaking the Silence, an outspoken Israeli rights group.
He continued: “It was my first time in the Territories. … I was shocked … seeing someone on the ground, blindfolded, handcuffed, totally helpless in the company’s area… We just passed by.”
The former soldier added: “I remember that, as an officer, one of the things that bothered me was that I slowly became indifferent.”
In addition, he explained: “Palestinians are arrested at night before being taken to a military base, tied and blindfolded, where they wait for hours, sometimes a whole day, before being interrogated.”
Sometimes, he said, the Israeli soldiers carry out their normal daily life, including playing, eating and laughing while a Palestinian prisoner is handcuffed and blindfolded for several hours, and sometimes for a whole day, before he was taken to interrogation.