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Israeli soldiers break their silence

Israeli soldiers break their silence

A group of Israeli soldiers who participated in the Gaza offensive in January 2009 claim the Israeli army is responsible for countless abuses against Palestinian civilians due to...

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July 15, 2009 11:59 by



A group of Israeli soldiers who participated in the Gaza offensive in January 2009 claim the Israeli army is responsible for countless abuses against Palestinian civilians due to the army’s “permissive” rules of engagement, reports the BBC.

Breaking the Silence, a campaign group comprised of Israeli soldiers, published a report based on accounts from 26 soldiers.

“We were told soldiers were to be secured by fire-power. The soldiers were made to understand that their lives were the most important, and that there was no way our soldiers would get killed for the sake of leaving civilians the benefit of the doubt,” said one soldier in the report.

“People were not instructed to shoot at everyone they see, but they were told that from a certain distance when they approach a house, no matter who it is – even an old woman – take them down,” said another.

The accounts corroborate reports by human rights agencies of Israel’s indiscriminate violence in Gaza during its 22-day incursion.




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2 Comments

  1. Eva on July 16, 2009 1:37 pm

    and the Israeli army official speaker said that the concerened party should have informed the army with the investigation results and soldiers testimonies before publishing the report out of courtesy and respect.

    mmmmmmm?! Good luck soldiers… it is time to break your teeth.

     
  2. Ajaz on July 16, 2009 5:29 pm

    But when the world will understand it?? Poor Palestenian people lost their land, lives & everything…But who cares??? We can only expect some actions from the RICH ARAB WORLD!!! to whom everyone listens..

     

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