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May 19, 2015

War, then and now

New reports shed light on the human toll of past conflicts continue reading ›
May 17, 2015

The IDF Is Not Living Up To Its Code Of Ethics

by DANA GOLAN in The Jewish Week
Everyone who cares about our path and who refuses to accept tired declarations like, “We had no choice,” as an excuse for the loss of values, must rise up and protest. It is our moral duty to redraw the red lines of the army that operates in our name, and in doing so, uphold the character and values of Israeli society. continue reading ›
May 17, 2015

Why is Matti Friedman so mad at Breaking the Silence?

A former AP reporter who crusades against the international media’s alleged anti-Israel bias takes aim at the Israeli NGO of veteran soldiers in an article that is long on … well, length. But short on substance. continue reading ›
May 15, 2015

The IDF Is Not Living Up To Its Code Of Ethics

Everyone who cares about our path and who refuses to accept tired declarations like, “We had no choice,” as an excuse for the loss of values, must rise up and protest. continue reading ›
May 13, 2015

Israeli Soldiers: Lax Rules In Gaza War Led To Indiscriminate Fire

More than 60 Israeli soldiers who took part in last summer's war in Gaza have offered firsthand combat stories. Many said they felt their orders went too far, leading to indiscriminate fire and Palestinian civilian deaths. continue reading ›
May 13, 2015

Israeli soldiers tell of ‘abuses’ in Gaza war

In one account, a sergeant said he was told to shoot anyone he saw, because “there aren’t supposed to be any civilians here”. Another said: “The rules of engagement for soldiers advancing on the ground were: open fire, open fire everywhere.” continue reading ›
May 11, 2015

Israeli soldier testimony: ‘Most of our shooting was random… we didn’t think about civilian casualties’ – video

In July 2014, Israel launched a major ground offensive into the Gaza strip in response to rockets being fired by Palestinian militants and to destroy a network of tunnels used by Hamas and other factions. By the time they left some 2,200 Palestinians had been killed, including a significant number of civilians. Now, for the first time, Israeli soldiers have described the orders they received for fighting in civilian areas – orders that treated any Palestinian as a threat. Among those who have spoken out is a 22-year-old sergeant who served in a tank continue reading ›
May 11, 2015

Israeli veterans say permissive rules of engagement fueled Gaza carnage

The soldiers described reducing Gaza neighborhoods to sand, firing artillery at random houses to avenge fallen comrades, shooting at innocent civilians because they were bored and watching armed drones attack a pair of women talking on cellphones because they were assumed to be Hamas scouts. continue reading ›
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