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Former Israeli soldier describes how IDF troops do not view Palestinians...

•, Rose Troup Buchanan

A former Israeli soldier has described how IDF troops do not view Palestinians as "human beings" but instead as individuals with "the potential to be terrorists."

Nadav Bigelman, who served as a combat solider in the Israeli Defence Force between 2007 and 2010, made the remarks as footage emerged appearing to show IDF troops arresting a young disabled Palestinian child two weeks ago.

"After a while you stop looking at people as people, you stop looking at children as children, you stop looking at teenagers as teenagers, you look at them just as Palestinians, as people who are always the potential to be terrorists," he said to Russian Today.

"Unfortunately in many ways it [the recent video of the arrest of a child] did not surprise me." Mr Bigelman, a member of Israeli army veterans' group Breaking The Silence, also claimed that during his combat experience he too performed "several" similar-such arrests.

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