Testimony Num : 10

They gave him a NIS 100 and sent him to commit a suicide attack

I remember the case of a child who broke his teacher’s car window, panicked and ran away. The terror organizations reached him, gave him NIS 100, which he gave his mother and equipped him with an explosive belt. He was then sent to a military checkpoint to commit a suicide attack on the soldiers

Both as head of Judea and Samaria District and the head of Jerusalem District in the Israeli Police, I took part in numerous operational debriefings. A substantial number of cases in which women and children were carrying out the terror attacks received even deeper attention. I remember the case of a child who broke his teacher’s car window, panicked and ran away. The terror organizations reached him, gave him NIS 100, which he gave his mother and equipped him with an explosive belt. He was then sent to a military checkpoint to commit a suicide attack on the soldiers, or in the event he would successfully manage to pass through the checkpoint, in  an Israeli city center.

The manipulation of a young child to make him a suicide bomber shocked us completely. It compelled us to modify our perspective and operational concepts and to start treating children as suspects.