Matan Barad, an IDF soldier from Boston, described the recent Gaza border riots in an article written for JNS.
“Have you ever seen 4,000 people running towards you full of hate and yelling ‘Allah Akhbar’? We have been shot at, we saw a bomb explode that was meant for us, we saw people run towards us with knives and axes meant to kill us. We know that if they pass us, they are going for our people, family, and friends,” writes Barad.
“Our last resort is to shoot. We send smelly bombs to keep them away. But they keep coming, so we shoot. Every shot you take needs to get approved by 2 different people. Every shot is written down and checked by officials. We don’t regret a shot we took. Every shot we took was to protect the people we love.”