March 19, 2009

Gaza assault: the shooters start to cry

I got this "shooting and crying" thing from Ha'aretz yesterday and its been picked up by usual suspect, Ben White, and unusual suspect, Phil Weiss. Would you believe that, as Ben reminds us, the most moral army in the world committed full blown war crimes in Gaza during its "operation cast lead".
During Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under permissive rules of engagement and intentionally destroyed their property, say soldiers who fought in the offensive.

The soldiers are graduates of the Yitzhak Rabin pre-military preparatory course at Oranim Academic College in Tivon. Some of their statements made on Feb. 13 will appear Thursday and Friday in Haaretz. Dozens of graduates of the course who took part in the discussion fought in the Gaza operation.

The speakers included combat pilots and infantry soldiers. Their testimony runs counter to the Israel Defense Forces' claims that Israeli troops observed a high level of moral behavior during the operation. The session's transcript was published this week in the newsletter for the course's graduates.
To be continued....and not just in Gaza.

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