Testimony Num : 26

Schools should not have bullet holes

I never imagined that they would use their own facilities, their own children, their own schools, just to attack us. They were hurting themselves and it felt like they would rather hurt themselves. They would rather hurt themselves just for the odds of hurting us as well.

During advanced training, we were stationed in a base next to an Arab village. Occasionally we would take fire from the village’s school. This shooting has put us in an impossible situation. One option was to open fire on the school (that might have children in it), while the other option was to risk our life by not returning fire. It was very frustrating.

I recall one time they fired from the school in the middle of the night. We realized that at this late hour there is no chance that there are children in the school, but still. This scenario was so unreal. Why would people use a school to shoot at us? I knew the other side doesn’t like us, but I never imagined that they would use their own facilities, their own children, their own schools, just to attack us. They were hurting themselves and it felt like they would rather hurt themselves. They would rather hurt themselves just for the odds of hurting us as well.

Eventually we fired back. It was around midnight and no one is at school at midnight. They were shooting at us and we returned fire. In the morning, I remember I looked at the school and it had bullet holes in it. I remember thinking to myself it should not be like that. Schools should not have bullet holes.