Female soldier rescued from lynch: 'I saw death'

One year after she accidentally entered Tulkarm and was pelted with rocks, soldier Shelly Rodriguez recounts moments of fear.

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Shelly Rodriguez, who was rescued a year ago from a lynching in the Palestinian Authority city of Tulkarm, decided on Tuesday to tell about the moments of terror she experienced during the ordeal.

Rodriguez and her friend, both young women in IDF service at the time, were driving in her car and after making a wrong turn, entered the Arab city and were attacked with rocks.

"I'm glad it's behind me, I saw death in front of my eyes," she said in a conversation with Five with Rafi Reshef on News 10. "You have to avoid shock and just function."

When Rodriguez was asked how she made the mistake of entering Tulkarm, she explained that the settings delineating Palestinian Authority areas A and B of Judea and Samaria in the Waze navigation software were turned off.

Area A of the Palestinian Authority is not under Israeli control in any way, while Israel is in charge of security for Area B. Area C is not part of the PA and contains all the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria and about 4% of the total Palestinian Arab population. Tulkarm is in Area A.

"When I see them (Arabs, ed.) in the street, I'm afraid something will happen," she admitted today, a year after the incident. "Shortly after the incident, I had a period when I couldn't drive my car because I was afraid someone would appear and begin hurling rocks at me. If someone would cut in front of me in traffic I would jump up and down in the from the tension."