About 25 Israeli soldiers speak on Israeli war crimes in Gaza
|June 22nd, 2010||#1|
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25 Israeli soldiers speak on Israeli war crimes in Gaza info
ISRAEL HAS LEGITIMATE SECURITY GUARANTEES, BUT HOW CAN IT JUSTIFY KILLING SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE? HOW CAN THEY WASH THEIR HANDS OF SO MUCH BLOOD AS IF NOTHING HAS EVER HAPPENED? NO AMOUNT OF SECURITY NEEDS CAN JUSTIFY MURDERING INNOCENT CIVILIANS.
Following excerpts are from the same BBC report :
Israel soldiers speak out on Gaza
The troops said they had been urged to fire on any building or person that seemed suspicious and said civilians were sometimes used as human shields.
Breaking the Silence, a campaign group made up of Israeli soldiers, gathered the anonymous accounts.
Israel denies breaking the laws of war and dismissed the report as hearsay.
Breaking the Silence described most of the testimonies of soldiers who took part in Operation Cast Lead as “sober, regretful and shocked”.
Many of the testimonies are in line with claims made by human-rights organisations that Israeli military action in Gaza was indiscriminate and disproportionate.
According to testimonies from the 14 conscripts and 12 reserve soldiers:
Rules of engagement were either unclear or encouraged soldiers to do their utmost to protect their own lives whether or not Palestinian civilians were harmed.
Civilians were used as human shields, entering buildings ahead of soldiers
Large swathes of homes and buildings were demolished. Accounts say that this was often done because the houses might be booby-trapped, or cover tunnels. Testimony mentioned a policy referred to as “the day after”, whereby areas near the border where razed to make future military operations easier
According to various reports the overwhelming majority of Israeli troops are aggressive and poorly-disciplined, a fact that was confirmed in the latest “confessions.”
There was widespread vandalism of property of Palestinians
Soldiers firing at water tanks because they were bored, at a time of severe water shortages for Gazans
White phosphorus was used in civilian areas gratuitously and recklessly
Many of the soldiers said there had been very little direct engagement with Palestinian militants
The report says Israeli troops and the people who justify their actions are “slid[ing] together down the moral slippery slope.”
The report obviously assumes many of the readers are ignorant of the crimes of genocide and all other diabolical crimes against humanity committed by Israelis against Palestinians ever since the military occupation of Palestine began in 1947. This begs the question: since when did the Israelis occupy a high place above the “moral slippery slope?”
“This is an urgent call to Israeli society and its leaders to sober up and investigate anew the results of our actions,” Breaking the Silence says.
Israeli officials insist troops went to great lengths to protect civilians, that Hamas endangered non-combatants by firing from civilian areas and that homes and buildings were destroyed only when there was a specific military need to do so.
Israel said the purpose of the 22-day operation that ended on 18 January 2009 had been to end rocket fire from Gaza aimed at its southern towns.
Palestinian rights groups say about 1,400 Palestinians died during the operation. Thirteen Israelis died in the conflict, including 10 soldiers serving in Gaza.
According to the UN, the campaign damaged or destroyed more than 50,000 homes, 800 industrial properties, 200 schools, 39 mosques and two churches.
How did the Israeli military react to the report?
Israeli military spokeswoman Lt Col Avital Leibovich said: “The IDF regrets the fact that another human rights organisation has come out with a report based on anonymous and general testimony – without investigating their credibility.”
Dismissed the document as “hearsay and word of mouth,” she added:
“The IDF expects every soldier to turn to the appropriate authorities with any allegation,” Lt Col Leibovich added. “This is even more important where the harm is to non-combatants. The IDF has uncompromising ethical values which continue to guide us in every mission.”
[And if you don't believe the Israeli Occupation Forces, ask the tens of thousands of slain Palestinians who would, no doubt, verify the Israeli claims.]
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I ASK AGAIN.... ISRAEL HAS LEGITIMATE SECURITY GUARANTEES, BUT HOW CAN IT JUSTIFY KILLING SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE? HOW CAN THEY WASH THEIR HANDS OF SO MUCH BLOOD AS IF NOTHING HAS EVER HAPPENED? NO AMOUNT OF SECURITY NEEDS CAN JUSTIFY MURDERING INNOCENT CIVILIANS.
Last edited by Justice; June 22nd, 2010 at 06:06..
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Since there is a distinct lack of activity by our Israeli members and I am not going to hide behind biblical claptrap to justify actions I would put this counter argument forward...
If we put aside the who started it and who did what to whom first arguments, I find it hard to believe that anyone could seriously argue that a government does not have the right to defend its people against this...
A memorial in Sderot’s city hall dedicated to those that have been killed by rockets fired from Gaza
Five-year-old Lior Ben Schimmel who was seriously wounded when a rocket directly hit her neighbor’s home, where she was playing Jan. 16, 2008
The part that is continually over looked in this on going battle is that neither side are angels and while groups like Hamas are busy fighting some medieval holy war and the Israeli government play politics civilians on both sides get to suffer.
In the end while my views at times may border on anti-semitic the fact of the matter is that I am sick of both protagonists of this argument and if not for follow on effects of radiation would happily see the entire region removed from the face of the earth.
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation. ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld
|June 22nd, 2010||#3|
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Ahhh,.. the devil's advocate eh? Not really an enviable position to put yourself in MontyB.
So,... I suppose that the same could be said for the Nazis who were supposedly avenging the Jewish takeover of some German businesses during WWI while the owners were away at war??
Once we disregard all of the pertinent facts, any argument at all can be made look quite legitimate.
Do you feel that perhaps the little girl in your photo is somehow more precious than any of the children in the photos in Post #1, because if it comes down to dead and injured children we know who is "winning" that race by a long shot, don't we?
"I am totally responsible for what I write,... however I cannot be held responsible for your complete inability to understand"
Last edited by senojekips; June 22nd, 2010 at 10:04..
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|June 22nd, 2010||#6|
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Take a moment guys and check this website out: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/media/net-report.html
This site shows the disproportionate fatality levels between Israel and Palestine and also the disproportionate reporting between Israeli fatalities and Palestinian fatalities in the American media.
The fact of the matter is even when their was a truce between the Palestinians and Israel, Israel would constantly violate the terms of the ceasefire and disengagement by overflights, incursions, arrests, etc and when the Palestinians retaliate they get blamed for breaking the truce while all along Israel has been poking them and violating the truce but that all goes unreported here in the states and across the west. Take for example the UN brokered truce agreement between Lebanon and Israel, even though their are no hostilities Israel till this day constantly violates the terms of the agreement and Lebanese sovereignty the UN force in Lebanon constantly reports Israeli violations but here in the west that all falls to deaf ear but when Lebanon finally decides to retaliate watch what happens here in the west they would get blamed for breaking the truce when all along we know thats far from the truth.
My point is that Israel commits horrific crimes every day and they go unreported, when a Palestinian attacks Israel every western media outlet would eat it up but we never see the disproportionate Israeli attacks on our tvs. Never hear of the Israeli breaking of truces and we never hear of the hugely disproportionate Palestinian deaths vis-a-vis Israel.
|June 22nd, 2010||#7|
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I hear about how evil the Israelis are all the time. In fact, according to what I've gathered from internet discussion, "they're hateful, blood-hungry, murderers who take delight in killing children and destroying homes. They tend to fire missiles for no apparent reason, and seem to manage fooling the world despite all being mentally retarded."
|June 22nd, 2010||#8|
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Listen I'm reasonable I'm not here to vilify Israel or slander Israel cuz it's the new fad or whatever other reason, what I am saying is I understand Israel has legitimate security concerns but that shouldn't justify disproportionate massive attacks against civilians, UN workers and installations as we had seen in Gaza or the forceful attack of humanitarian workers as we have recently seen. No security concern can justify collective punshiment of civilians, no security concern can justify the humanitarian disaster Israel created in Gaza, no security concern can justify the open air prison Israel turned into Gaza, no security concern can justify the mass arrest of over 10k Palestinian prisoners languashing in Israeli prisons without knowing what they been charged with, without having access to legal representation and without setting foot in a court of law, no security reason can justify the thousands of Palestinians that die without access to proper clean water, adequate food, medical care, no security reason can justify the massive human rights violations occuring everyday in Gaza.
|June 22nd, 2010||#9|
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It would make one wonder wouldn't it??
What makes me wonder is how people with a brain and any sense of morals could have allowed it to happen, let alone encourage it.
Last edited by senojekips; June 22nd, 2010 at 21:52..
|June 22nd, 2010||#10|
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As for the girl injured in the photo, no she is no more "precious" than anyone else in the region but that is my point there is no real difference between either side here, you cannot vilify Israel for injuring or killing a kid and then completely ignore the fact that Palestinian rockets are doing the same thing.
It is my opinion that all of the kids in all of these pictures would have been able to coexist happily together if not for the extremists on both sides.
Last edited by MontyB; June 22nd, 2010 at 22:16..
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