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Israeli soldiers admit ‘murdering’ Gazans

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Israeli soldiers admit ‘murdering’ Gazans
Thu, 19 Mar 2009 11:09:22 GMT

Israeli soldiers have confessed to wanton killing of Palestinian civilians and behaving immorally during the Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

The soldiers who fought in the Gaza war told a post-operation conference that they had killed Palestinian civilians and intentionally destroyed their property under permissive rules of engagement.

“When we entered a house, we were supposed to bust down the door and start shooting inside and just go up story by story… I call that murder. Each story, if we identify a person, we shoot them. I asked myself – how is this reasonable?”, an Israeli soldier said.

The testimonies includes killing of a Palestinian mother and her two children by an Israeli sharpshooter and the case of an elderly Palestinian woman who was killed as she was walking 100 meters (yards) from her home.

“We had taken over the house” and the family was released and told to go right. A mother and two children got confused and went left. “The sniper on the roof wasn’t told that this was okay and that he shouldn’t shoot”, a soldier said.

“I don’t know whether she was suspicious, not suspicious, I don’t know her story. . . I do know that my officer sent people to the roof in order to take her out” It was cold-blooded murder.”    –more–


Somehow it is the officers that are getting the attention, not the new recruits.

In Gaza a little over a year ago, a young girl (pre adolescent) had multiple shots fired at her at close range. Then there was Palestinian bound by the hands, being shot in the foot at close range with the officer standing next to him.

Reminds me when I was in Israel, two tourists were shot at close range, south of Beer Sheva, they were left for dead, but one survived and then a long standing border policeman was arrested for it, they had just been hitchiking.

The violence is institutionalised, and it is also mental and emotional in the form of character assassination.

Dare anyone challenge the reasons?

Written by morris

March 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Posted in Gaza, israel

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